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9 Articles From the ‘West’ : Apostles of the American Plutocracy? Unlimited Capitalism’s Sequesters of Wealth, The Underpinnings of Too Many Among Plutocracy, The Problem With Plutocracy, Horsepower or Value Demogogue, Chinese Density-Mindset, Russia’s Social Protections And Potential Zion based Fifth Columnists, Clones In Society – The Blurring of the Distinctness of Women via Militarization, Chinese Strategic-Mindset, Obama’s Inheritance Of the Bush Era Problems is Not Obama’s Failing – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 24th September 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Oprah and the good guys: The dozen billionaires with big hearts and even bigger bank balances who are planning to spread their wealth around – by Daniel Bates and Louise Boyle – PUBLISHED: 03:37 GMT, 20 September 2012 | UPDATED: 07:04 GMT, 20 September 2012

Congregated behind closed doors of the grandiose Trustees Room at New York Public Library, this group of individuals made for the wealthiest gathering in the world.

The twelve – Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates, Pete Petersen, Leon Black, Jon Bon Jovi, Marc Benioff, David Rubenstein, Steve Case, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen and Marc Andreessen – may have made their billions from as diverse pursuits as rock music to microchips, but they have united to dedicate vast portions of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

Their combined wealth totals a staggering $126billion – with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in first and second place respectively. The two leaders of the billionaire pack supported the Summit on Philanthropy – where 161 of the richest people in America met to share ideas on how the wealth might be spread across education, poverty, religion, medicine and the environment.

The combined wealth of America’s richest is $1.7 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion in 2011, in due part to the rising stock market, a rebound in real estate values – especially in cities like Los Angeles and New York, and rising values for art works.

The billionaires posed at the library in Manhattan on June 26 this year for the 30th anniversary cover of Forbes 400, published on October 8.

The United States still has the largest share of billionaires of any nation with 480. The top ten richest in the Forbes 400 reads: Bill Gates ($66 billion); Warren Buffett ($46 billion); Larry Ellison ($41 billion); Charles Koch ($31 billion); David Koch ($31 billion); Christy Walton & family ($27.9 billion); Jim Walton ($26.8 billion); Alice Walton ($26.3 billion); S. Robson Walton ($26.1 billion) and Michael Bloomberg ($25 billion).

The combined wealth of America’s richest is $1.7 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion in 2011, in due part to the rising stock market, a rebound in real estate values – especially in cities like Los Angeles and New York, and rising values for art works.

Commentator comments :

John Bon Jovi has a restaurant in NJ. Google it… its a non profit. Pretty much can pay what you like. and if you don’t have money, you can work it off. Menu changes daily.

– Laura , Sarasota Florida USA, 20/9/2012 11:31

Gates stole more than he’s ever going to give back through the exploitation of a virtual monopoly with excessive charges for MS software.

– BobCratchet , London, United Kingdom, 20/9/2012 11:27

Oprah obviously didn’t receive the memo to wear dark clothes. Your eyes immediately go to her before the others, ha.

– LH , Essex, United Kingdom, 20/9/2012 11:16

“161 of the richest people in America met to share ideas on how the wealth might be spread across education, poverty, religion, medicine and the environment.” – Spot the odd one out…why on earth give any money to religion? The three Abrahamic faiths are swimming in money as a result of peddling their lies for so many years, particularly institutions like the Catholic church. Take religion out and that’s a pretty good list to start with though.

– Alex , London, 20/9/2012 11:14

And not a single Bullingdon Dining Club member amongst them

– Bigman , Glasgow, United Kingdom, 20/9/2012 11:08

Its good they’re giving the money but I find this public display a bit sickening. Plenty of wealthy give alot without plastering their faces over a magazine making sure everyone knows.

– Linley , Sydney, 20/9/2012 11:08

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12 people alone have 126 billion? Look here, 12 people represent less than 1% of North America’s 300 million population, so lets have at least 99% of that wealth re-distributed (124.4 billion) to stop a few hundred thousand foreclosures of viable working families that could tip the scales for USA. The remainder of the 1.6 billion (1%) from 126 billion should be redistributed among these 12, which would mean 130 million each. Thats 324 times a 401K for this lot. They can’t go whining about how 99% of their wealth has been lost when they are worth 300+ times a 401K Joe Public now can they? Lets see if the greed and cynicism will prevent these 12 from doing the 99% right thing or if 130 million is fine by them to save 1000s of good American families (interview respectfully, this will be better than American Idol, ‘Middle Wealth Class Idol’ perhaps?). Last chance for the Capitalism model IMHO, otherwise try 20 million Socialist caps on wealth sequestration if these hearts are big enough . . . 20 million is still 50 times a 401K and sveral lifetimes of work for 99% of Americans.

Consider that 1.7 trillion of the 161 richest, 99% of that redistributed would be 1.68 trillion 17 billion split among 161 people would be 10.5 million each, still 25 times a 401K. How about saving 10s of 1000s of middle class Americans’ lives and homes? Perhaps 75% of that could be used for shelters and staples for the poorest as well. This is TRUE patriotism, saving America’s *VIABLE* (do feel free to ferret out those who won’t make the mark) middle class population, and sharing ‘the fat’, and at least making sure the poorest don’t starve or freeze while so-called ‘plutocrat entertainer stars’ go to East Europe and Asia or Africa (WTF?) to do the same (abit better than plutocrat sportsmen with millions but not even owning a single sports facility to their name – these sorts are in sport for MONEY not love of sport – sports fans could do an audit of major brand sponsors to :

identify then boycott those brands that are merely parasiting off sports goods (actually the gambling industry is doing this even as sportsmen throw games off and on for profit . . . ) FROM brands which are actually run by people/execs who do love the sport,not a bunch of snarky executives gloating at people who buy their overpriced sports goods) while locally back home and most cynically, Americans suffer the same starvation and homelessness, freeze to death as well while plutocrats enjoy lives worth more than 3-10 or 50 times 401K. If the country belongs to everyone, then all the land and all the wealth belongs to everyone – that could come off the limit for wealth sequestration at 20 million. No citizen should be allowed to starve, be homeless much less freeze then being supposed equals. Vote properly Joe Publics!

ARTICLE 2

Foster Friess: America Would Be Better Off With More Wealthy People – September 21, 2012 – By Lawrence Sinclair

Sinclair News is publishing part of an article by Tony Lee  dated 18 Sep 2012 which was published at Breitbart.com. We are linking our readers to the complete article.

On the one-year anniversary of the fizzling “Occupy” movement that tried to pit the so-called 99% against the 1%, and on the day in which a video of Mitt Romney talking about the 47% of Americans who pay no federal income taxes drove liberals and the mainstream media into fits, Foster Friess on Monday made an argument that society is better off with more rich people.

Friess is one of the wealthiest and most generous people in the world, and he wrote a piece arguing the world would be better off if there were more “fat cats” like him, less government, and more reliance on the free market.

Friess made many valid points, but his arguments became more significant after a video of Romney’s comments at a fundraiser in May was leaked to the left-wing publication Mother Jones.

Under President Barack Obama, the United States has seen more government and less wealth creation and, according to Friess, that has made the country worse off.

“What do wealthy people do with their money?,” Friess asked in the Newsweek column. “They can only buy so many cars, houses, and steak dinners. So we either give it away or invest it.”

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. . . if there were more “fat cats” like him, less government . . .

Most fat cats only exist because of crony capitalism and contractor collusion. In a real fair or free market, making money is VERY DIFFICULT and after decades prices would be deadly competitive by now instead of inflation which is the fault of the Fed reserve or fiat printing and exotic trading like the stock market which is inflated 1000 times normal value, or fractionated trading of commodities that do not exist or monetization-commoditisation of DEBT which is ridiculous and ILLEGAL because one cannot collect of as of yet labour that has no guarantee upon compound interest WHILE jobless to boot!

Even machines have a shelf life, need maintainance at levels that could never pay off loans for the price of the machine alone much less flesh and blood humans who do far worse than machines on top of being pressured for loan repayments that a jobless society which colludes on EVERYTHING, even political free thought which can get the psychiatric establishment down on dissidents and activists.

So think when a supposed fat cat spends the GDP of a small country, while being in debt 10 to 1 million times of whatever effort any 401K person can put in with the ‘poor’ having no access to housing loans (which should not be compound interest but simple interest or basic entrepreneurial loans, let alone exotic trades), simply because the state will bail out that person who is viewed as accountable by the bank rather than the honest 99% working class type, while ‘massive debt types’ viewed as plutocracy get to destroy the nation.

Finally while more rich people are good, when extreme wealth sequestration of the entire nation say at a 1.61 to 300,000,000+million ratio (1:15,000,000+ or a 1 to 15 million ratio – the 1% owns 15 million times that of the 99%!!!), rather than an enforced limit of 1% to 99% ratio at least, Capitalist limits (like 1% of 1000 top richest people must not be above 1% of the nation’s collective sequesterable wealth) to wealth sequestration NO MORE THAN the richest being 100 times the poorest, are still needed. What 20 million in limits does is make 50 times a 401K a maximum norm. Who among the 99 people of a population of 100 wants to tolerate a single person being worth 15 million times more than their 401K – when they are only worth 401K? Simple math and facts that cannot be ignored. The fat cats are still too fat, the banks and state apparatus will not lend to the 99% and as of now the 161 (or lets say 50,000) richest hold probably 15 million times the poorest collectively! Then read the below pro1% schmooze article . . .
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-20/poverty-inequality-aren-t-as-bad-as-you-think-view.html

When everyone is worth 20 million the remainder can go to USA’s favourite groups of 3rd world nations of choice for ETHICAL expansion of influence. Socialist limits on Capitalism! 20 million wealth limits on everyone. And just look at the NLP in the title of the article . . . Poverty and Inequality ARE ALWAYS BAD. Saying *Not as bad as ‘you’ think’* is apologism for the plutocracy if anything. Shame on Bloomberg! People are dying and getting thrown out of their homes and the 1% gets a ‘not so bad’ article to mock the 99% with?

Rich getting richer: Richest 400 Americans’ net worth jumps 13%
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/us-business/rich-getting-richer-richest-400-americans-net-worth-jumps-13/article4553519/

Mindboggling numbers of the richest. Redistribute already. Millions of Americans do not have access to healthcare, to education, to food and shelter even. Selfish plutocrats sequestering wealth forget that without the ‘unwashed masses’ of low wealth citizens or ‘chattering classes’ of mid wealth citizens, and the would-be plutocrat seeming lessers of the ‘high wealth of ‘a acceptable handful of millions’ BUT STILL working’ classes, the true plutocrat would have NO SOCIETY to look good for or nation to be part of! Obviously in the best interest of the plutocrat to ensure that healthcare, education, food and shelter are a given, so that USA will not end up being a puppet of creditor nations!

ARTICLE 3

What Mitt Romney Really Represents – by Robert Reich (about the author) – opednews.com

It’s not just his giant income or the low tax rates he pays on it. And it’s not just the videotape of him berating almost half of America, or his endless gaffes, or his regressive budget policies.

It’s something that unites all of this, and connects it to the biggest underlying problem America faces — the unprecedented concentration of wealth and power at the very top that’s undermining our economy and destroying our democracy.

Romney just released his 2011 tax returns, showing he paid $1.9 million in taxes on more than $13 million of income last year — for an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent. (He released his 2010 return in January, showing he paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent.)

American has had hugely wealthy presidents before — think of Teddy Roosevelt and his distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt; or John F. Kennedy, beneficiary of father Joe’s fortune.

But here’s the difference. These men were champions of the working class and the poor, and were considered traitors to their own class. Teddy Roosevelt railed against the “malefactors of great wealth,” and he busted up the oil and railroad trusts.

FDR thundered against the “economic royalists,” raised taxes on the wealthy, and gave average working people the right to form unions — along with Social Security, unemployment insurance, a minimum wage, and a 40-hour workweek.

But Mitt Romney is not a traitor to his class. He is a sponsor of his class. He wants to cut their taxes by $3.7 trillion over the next decade, and hasn’t even specified what “loopholes” he’d close to make up for this gigantic giveaway.

And he wants to cut benefits that almost everyone else relies on — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and housing assistance.

He’s even a warrior for his class, telling his wealthy followers his job isn’t to worry about the “47 percent” of Americans who won’t vote for him, whom he calls “victims” and he berates for not paying federal incomes taxes and taking federal handouts.

(He mangles these facts, of course. Almost all working Americans pay federal taxes — and the federal taxes that have been rising fastest for most people are Social Security payroll taxes, which aren’t collected on a penny of income over $110,100. Moreover, most of the “47 percent” whom he accuses of taking handouts are on Medicare or Social Security — the biggest “entitlement” programs — which, not incidentally, they paid into during their working lives.)

Money means power. Concentrated wealth at the top means extraordinary power at the top. The reason Romney pays a rate of only 14 percent on $13 million of income in 2011 — a lower rate than many in the middle class — is because he exploits a loophole that allows private equity managers to treat their income as capital gains, taxed at only 15 percent.

And that loophole exists solely because private equity and hedge fund managers have so much political clout — as a result of their huge fortunes and the money they’ve donated to political candidates — that neither party will remove it.

In other words, everything America is learning about Mitt Romney — his tax returns, his years at Bain Capital, the video of his speech to high-end donors in which he belittles half of America, his gaffes, the budget policies he promotes — repeat and reenforce the same underlying reality.

So much wealth and power have accumulated at the top of America that our economy and our democracy are seriously threatened. Romney not only represents this problem. He is the living embodiment of it.

http://robertreich.org/
Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written (more…)

ARTICLE 4

Thoughts on the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am

The third-generation Pontiac Firebird was a stunner. Its sleek lines made the old 1970–1981 second-gen ‘Bird look like a relic. The shape set a new standard for aerodynamics. The bodywork, especially in Trans Am guise, was tasteful and clean. When it debuted, everyone forgot about the poorly performing 1980–1981 Turbo Trans Ams. The ’82 even got a starring role in Knight Rider as KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), seen here.

Well, a fresh redesign with cutting-edge aero doesn’t necessarily equate to performance under the hood. In fact, for 1982 the Firebird’s standard engine was a 2.5-liter 90-hp four-cylinder. That’s right, a four-cylinder engine in a Firebird. Yes, there was a V-8 option. But if you selected the four-speed manual, that 5.0-liter Chevrolet-sourced V-8 pumped out just 145 horses. The “Cross-Fire Injected” 5.0-liter V-8 was available with an automatic only, and though it was torque-rich, this motor didn’t produce more than 165 hp.

The bright spot was just two short years away. By 1984, a 190-hp 5.0-liter HO motor replaced that Cross-Fire Injected engine.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/pictures/performance-pretenders-10-malaise-era-muscle-cars-5

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No. 145 horses could pull a 100 wagon train (actually single persons have pulled the same or Airbuses), a Pontiac TA could only pull the engine car of a train alone. This is dishonest and a lie, a gross exaggeration about the number of horses the car is worth for value of money. The Trans Am is worth 3 to 6 horses at most, and is severely overpriced and marketed as up to 50 times as many horses that so many other cars of the day cars do not have. How many cars can what one spends on a Trans Am buy?  Trans Ams DO NOT have 145 horses worth of power, though they cost 145 or more horses . . . Overpriced and inefficient compared to ACTUAL horses (which can be eaten and preserved in event of disaster). The BMW Z3 below is another example of LIES, being worth no more than 3 horses at most.

BMW Z3 (E36/4) (1996–2002)

Pierce Brosnan was far from the best James Bond, and the Z3 he drove in GoldenEye, BMW’s first modern mass-market roadster, was anything but the Bavarian carmaker’s most memorable agent. Grossly underpowered from the get-go, the 138-hp, 1.9-liter four-cylinder was quickly substituted for a 2.8-liter straight six. Still, its sub-200-horse numbers weren’t anything to get excited about, and the car’s wallowy handling couldn’t match BMW’s sharp sedans. Nevertheless, the Z3 sold quite well, and perhaps that’s part of the problem—a car first marketed as a spy’s ride sold to many drivers too tall or broad to pull off the look. A rare coupe version, known by those at the company as “the shoe,” enjoyed a cult-like following because the car’s stiffer structure noticeably improved the handling. But it wasn’t until the next two generations of Z4 that BMW really left the roadster segment shaken and stirred.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/pictures/10-cars-that-deserved-to-fail

Try the below for a list of horrendously unfashionable and aesthetically conventional vehicles EVER. The mainstream media ‘Popular Mechanics’ site has lost all sense of proportion here probably are colluding with the car companies who fund them to fracture buyers’ fashion senses and who knows promote UGLINESS as beautiful (making impossible for regular people to tell the difference between beautiful and ugly people to the media oligarchs’ nepotistic benefit), these cars have neither attitude nor lines of vehicles designed 20 years back . . .

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/pictures/top-10-sport-compacts-for-home-tuners-mitsubishi-lancer-evolution

Personally I wouldn’t buy the below list of cars but USA being USA, EVERY MODEL OF CAR (much less the below list’s) should be available in the USA. Why should USA prohibit any car, especially dull looking cars like the below?
http://autos.yahoo.com/news/10-canadian-cars-you-can-t-buy-in-the-u-s-.html

The 2012 Ferrari FF can haul 450 litres of luggage with the rear seats up, 800 litres with the seats folded down. How much can a clydesdale horse pull? Three times it’s own weight, Which is around 2000-2400 lbs. The max. load of the Ferrari California is 1,025 lbs. So guess what? The fact of the matter is that the Ferrari FF does not even have a single or 1 ‘horsepower’. 100s of horses under the hood is a blatant marketing lie when barely 0.5 horses is more accurate.

Why should any vehicle cost as much as a Ferrari when a horse costs 1000s of times less but pulls 3 times as much, and when coupled with ‘changes’ of horses (that could be housed in the ‘corral’ boot while the horses ‘on shift’ run), could in fact run as far and fast as a Ferrari WITHOUT constant and pollutive, also expensive fuel but with regular feed instead. Stores of feed and water if carried as well makes for indefinite travel WITHOUT fuel costs.

The only issue is speed which in either case is always dangerous and in dense conditions makes the speed of a Ferrari quite useless and unnecessary. As for aesthetics and design (or the need to hide horses from sight), a larger version of the car will be a necessity that the kiddies and joyriders will not want but compared against the pollution issues the necessity not optional, the world is being destroyed by pollution . . . also a car where standing is possible should be nicer than always being seated? Include a bar and a kitchen or toilet as well using that space. Or an indoor pool/jacuzzi. See below pic for the green solution :

Need for light weight materials (could still have a protective bar of heavy rubber for prevention of accidents etc.) will be necessary.

So vote for the 99% who won’t allow the DMV to place controls that make no sense on what car one can or cannot drive. In fact, flying cars or at least VTOL cars should be the norm by now after near 200 years of land based vehicles since the 1800s. The government and policy regulators are forcing people to use tolled roads if anything. Fly a VTOL or heli and land that in your balcony, drop the airline industry and fly DIRECT to the country of your choice ! Heck why do we even need passports which we need to pay for at all to begin with even, especially if we are not criminals? Only criminals need passports, everyone else should be travelling AND migrating freely.

ARTICLE 5

Don’t take seat disputes sitting down – Updated: 2012-09-14 08:22 – by Tang Yue (China Daily)

Altercations over polite behavior on public transportation offer a window on a changing society, reports Tang Yue.

If you’re riding the bus or subway and see a pregnant woman, an elderly person or young child standing up in front of you, you might want to think seriously about offering them your seat.

If you don’t, you may discover that the consequences are serious, given that a number of altercations have happened recently and some have even ended in violence.

Don’t take seat disputes sitting down

On Aug 23, a young man on a bus in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, did not give up his seat to a pregnant woman. As a result, he was given five sharp slaps across the head by the woman’s disgruntled husband, despite the fact that he wasn’t occupying any of the seats usually reserved for the elderly and infirm, and, moreover, had a crippled leg.

Three days after that incident, a woman slapped a man on a bus in Jinan, Shandong province, after he failed to respond to a public announcement asking seated passengers to consider other travelers. Instead of offering his seat to the woman’s daughter, aged around 6 years old, the man simply turned his back on them. Enraged, the mother struck him repeatedly and shouted, “I am fulfilling your mother’s obligation to educate you.”

The aggression hasn’t only affected men. Media reports of aggressive behavior include that of an elderly man in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, who sat on a young woman’s lap after she refused his request to give up her seat. A similar incident is reported to have happened in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

Public opinion suggests that, while those who doggedly refused to offer up their seat weren’t acting from noble instincts, the actions of those who beat them were antisocial and unnecessarily violent.

So what makes people feel justified about the use of force against those who fail to comply with their wishes?

As China undergoes rapid urbanization, people who have grown up in an “acquaintance society”, one where everyone knows everyone else in the neighborhood, face challenges from the increasing need for daily interaction with strangers, according to Yang Yiyin, director of the social psychology research office at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.

“In traditional Chinese society, where people are tied by family and blood relationships, emotions and morals, rather than reason and law, guide people’s behavior,” said Xiao Qunzhong, professor of ethics at Renmin University of China.

As a result, people tend to automatically, but mistakenly, use their sense of moral superiority to legitimize their behavior, including the use of verbal and physical violence.

However, while the traditional mindset remains, tragedies such as the case of Xiao Yueyue a 2-year-old girl who died after being ignored by 18 passers-by as she lay in the street in Foshan, Guangdong province after she had been hit by a car and then run over twice more also indicate a value-system in flux as the country moves through a period of rapid social transformation, said Xiao.

“Civil society in China is not as developed as in the West. People are still learning how to respect the fundamental rights of others and the bottom line for behavior,” he said.

Stranger society

To deal with other passengers on a bus, where people come and go in a very short time and very limited space, serves as a very good test of social attitudes. It’s one many people fail, noted Yang Yiyin of the CASS.

“You will always see female colleagues or friends trying very hard to persuade each other to take the only seat, even if there are only a couple of stops to go,” said Yang, 57. “But they still don’t know how to negotiate with strangers.

“That helps to explain why those with a sense of moral superiority just skip the discussion process and begin dictating to strangers, sometimes in a very rude manner.”

People in the West have more experience in dealing with everyday public life and are better at expressing their needs and opinions, be it through lectures, negotiation or debate, she noted.

Zheng Liudi, a 29-year-old who rides the subway to work in Shanghai, knows exactly what Yang means. Zheng said most people are pleasant when help is offered. However, she said that on occasion, usually just as she was about to offer her seat to someone else, she has noticed a “You owe me” look in the eyes of seniors or mothers with young children. “I change my mind, then. I just dislike their attitude,” she said.

She recalled that on one occasion, a woman in her 50s kicked her shoes from time to time. “I think she did it on purpose, to hint that she wanted the seat. But there was no way I would offer it to her under those circumstances,” said Zheng.

“These extreme examples of wrangling over a seat also reflect a general feeling of anxiety and irritability,” according to Yang.

Individual personality, values and the prevalent mood at the time of an incident all contribute to people’s behavior. The background socially, however, is that many people are highly stressed and restless, and thus tend to appear aggressive on such occasions, she said.

“The prevailing mood in China now is being competitive every single second and not miss a single opportunity to gain something, anything. Sometimes, people just use incidents such as these as an outlet for suppressed anger,” she explained.

Just too crowded

Regular users of public transportation might not know much about social theory; but they certainly feel the social reality during rush hours in the mega-cities and fully realize that a seat on a crowded bus or train is a precious commodity.

Every working day at 6:30 am, Jiang Xin, a 26-year-old auditor in Beijing, gets on the bus at the first stop on the route. Her journey takes roughly 90 minutes.

“At first, I used to sit down as soon as I got on the bus, just near the ticket seller. But I found I had to give up my seat several times on each journey and felt exhausted when I arrived at my office. So I changed seats and now sit in the corner instead,” she said.

“On the weekend, I always offer my seat to people if they need it, but during the working week I really need that seat in the corner so I can take a nap.”

Qin Jianhua is not as lucky. The 31-year-old works in Beijing, but bought an apartment in Yanjiao, Hebei province, in 2009. His daily commute to work takes two hours door to door, including one hour on the bus, a 10-minute walk and another 50 minutes on the subway.

The bus is always crowded, so it requires an enormous effort just to get on and there are always four or five passengers always standing crammed on a single step by the door. People always swear loudly if they can’t squeeze on and some even block the road to stop the bus if they can’t gain access, he said.

“When I’m on a comfortable bus, I give up my seat if others need it. But it’s always so crowded and smelly on the bus I take to work. Everyone is very sleepy, almost collapsing, so giving up your seat would be the last thing you’d want to do,” said Qin. The bus trip got old quickly, so Qin now lives in a rented apartment near his office during the working week and only goes home on the weekend.

The experience has given him a fresh insight into the issue: “Don’t judge someone until you have been in his shoes. That person may be aggressive on the bus, but may also behave politely in a different environment,” he said. “Also, standards seem to vary. I’ve seen some people happily and politely give up their seats to seniors, but the same people acted totally differently to a migrant worker. So, how do you rate them?” he asked.

Yang Wanli and He Na contributed to the story.

Contact the reporter at tangyue@chinadaily.com.cn

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Low density is dignity but also a vulnerability. And lower classes among Chinese regardless of wealth level who think in this manner are in that case unsuited to high density living. They just don’t know this fact. A people tied by family and blood relationships, emotions and morals, cannot exist in high density conditions without basis on reason and law. Thus best that Chinese with the village mentality of entitlement to the property of others physical or spiritual, stick to low density venues or learn modern civility.

If anyone touched another in the westernized model, they’d be assaulted back, or if civilised would find themselves in a lawsuit. This is why the Chinese not familiar with modern society need to attend a training course or mix with high density familiar people, before moving out from the villages and vice verse for the situation reversed. Culture shock. And don’t even go near discussions on toilet habits and LGBT activity unless particularly prepared for the fight of your life . . . that dildo will be murder to your neighbour and if the laws are anti-LGBT or based on fundo policy, then it’s back to the stone ages. This is also why elderly are neglected in some places and times to come, as society ‘densifies’ the lower density types will be outnumbered and die off. Not the best scenario but preservation of low density and high density and transition education between both must be thought through by migrants to avoid problems.

ARTICLE 6

Civil servant watch: Opposition propose constant video surveillance – Published: 20 September, 2012, 17:04

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (RIA Novosti / Sergey Pyatakov)

Russia’s anti-corruption drive should be boosted by introducing constant video surveillance on officials, limiting their maximum term of service and banning personal meetings with citizens, the leader of the Liberal Democrats said.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky was speaking at the “Open Tribune” meeting, dedicated to future measures to rein in corruption. The politician suggested a small leniency in the planned anti-corruption bill, saying that at the first stage it must be applied only to a narrow circle of officials, not to them all, as there are about 5 million of them in Russia.

He added that the narrowing of the group that falls under control would allow the control to become stricter.

Among the most urgent measures the MP implied that the maximum term of stay in any official post should be limited to 10 years. Another call was to limit the civil servants’ communication with the population to email or conventional mail, as ruling out personal contact would seriously hamper bribery on both sides.

Besides, Zhirinovsky suggested that video surveillance be conducted in official’s offices and cars, as well as constant monitoring of all their electronic communications.

As a final measure, Zhirinovsky said that the government should introduce a total ban on business people assuming posts in state structures or state-owned companies. He did not specify if this should apply to working entrepreneurs or to all those who have previously tried their hands at business.

Sergey Mironov, the leader of another opposition party – Fair Russia – reminded of his party’s previous initiative to introduce confiscation of all property from those convicted of corruption along with the property of their family members. In this connection he also suggested broadening the definition of close relatives to include parents, children, siblings, spouses and grandparents.

The Communist Party suggested that any member of parliament could be checked for business dealings at any time and without an official complaint from the third party. The Liberal Democrats seconded the move.

Accusations of business dealings have recently become a real weapon in Russian politics. Earlier this month, the State Duma voted to deprive a Fair Russia MP of his seat over allegations he was continuing to operate companies in Bulgaria.

Before the vote to oust him took place, MP Gennady Gudkov published documents that allegedly testified to the fact that many other MPs were doing the same thing, including the members of the ruling party, United Russia.

On Thursday the special commission announced that they checked reports on five United Russia MPs and four of them were cleared of charges of running a business while working in the lower house. However, the commission decided to continue the probe into one MPs case and invited him for personal consultations.

Commentator Comments :

Iron curtains WITHIN Iron curtains. So very KGB in a respectable-fear/awe inspiring ‘Matryoshka doll’ manner that will make people, especially 99% types worldwide love Russianness. Soviet Union again anyone? Bring back a limited form of Communism, Capitalist limits of 20 million for wealth sequestration!

@Crusader148 September 20, 2012, 20:03

Zhirinovsky is a total nut-job, but camera surveillance of officials makes perfect sense. Anything that curbs corruption is welcome.

@Count Cash September 20, 2012, 19:44

Excellent! Now we are starting to get the simple concept across, it is the state that must be monitored by the citizen. This is the game changer, the conceptual innovation that I have wanted here. Then add the icing on the cake with separation of wealth and civil service and politics, natural cycling in and out of civil servants (no jobs for life for many) plus big risks for corruption and we are then getting the concepts correct. HOWEVER, the devil is in the detail, and we can absolutely make a mess going too quickly without thinking through all the proposals. When we appreciate this, to go step by step in phases, then we get the next concept right, and that is wide consultation, wider than the Duma, wider than the systematic opposition, we must open this debate to all including the ‘opposition’ and all stakeholders, to put real lean flesh on the concepts. We are starting to get the compass working, so who has the guts to set the course and work the ropes! Or who has the laziness to just sit along for the ride, or worse just moan they can’t be captain to massage their egos on the voyage!

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The KGB juniors should get lots of training here before being posted overseas to spy on foreign countries. More Russianness? Paranoia attacks for the non-Commie/Red governments not allied to Russia anyone? Some background (not sure if accurate on Vladimir Zhirinovsky) follows below . . .

Who was Vladimir Zhirinovsky? – TalmudTimmy at 2009-05-02 18:52 CET:Vladimir Volfovich Eidelstein was a crypto-Jew who aided the Communist massacre machine in the Soviet Union which murdered millions upon millions of people.(He was the colonel of the Russian Army, founder and the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Vice-Chairman of the State Duma, and a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Despite its name, the LDPR is often described as an ultra-nationalist party) – WikipediaSo why was Zhirinovsky rallying Russians, during the reign of red terror, with mild anti-semitic slogans? He was rounding up dissent, the resisters, the ones who know who was really in control of Sovietism (Bolshevism). By shepherding and gaining the trust of the resistance, he was able to help lead and direct them, ultimately to their own demise like sheep to the slaughter. By rounding up resistance to the Jewish Bolsheviks, Soviet over a once Christian nation, was strengthened.Now who do we know of today who demonstrates similar characteristics? Guys like Alex Jones and others in the so called “Truth Movement.” Jones, will at times, mildly criticize Israel in a similar way to Zhirinovsky. Is Jones gaining the trust of disseneters so that the New World Order resistance can be more easily rounded up? Time will tell. We do know that Alex Jones is a Zionist in one form or another, and his wife Violet and children are Jewish.

Crypto-Judaism in the USSR was able to penetrate every faction of government and every “people’s” movement so as to lead both opposing sides of the conflict. Crypto-Jewry was able to control and direct the opposition to a problem they created. Now why would the American-based “truth” movement be any less controlled and directed by the decendants of the Bolsheviks and their Judaic banking swindle?

Jones has several Jews working with him in studio and on his many documentaries, which always leave the Zionist question out, and instead, offer mysterious and ultimately lower-level groups like the Bilderbergers as the target of dissent. Jason Bermas, the new host of the infowarrior (an Alex Jones created show) mocks and says that anti-Judaics should kill themselves. Alex Jones’ best friend Joe Rogan is a Jewish comedian. Alex’s wife Violet (Kelly) is Jewish along with their two children, one who is named Einstein. According to other sources, the producers of Alex Jones’ recent film “The Obama Deception,” are Jewish. There are several examples from live shows, where Alex fiddles for the Jews and denies the Zionists. -TT

ARTICLE 7

Mossad’s shadow women ready to die for Israel – Published: 15 September, 2012, 23:15 – Edited: 16 September, 2012, 09:03

Mossad’s shadow women ready to die for Israel

The highly-trained female agents from Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, leave their male compatriots in the dust. Five agents spoke about their “movie-style” lives for the first time, revealing a world dominated by deadly efficient femmes fatales.

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First Iran, then Israel. So men don’t fight anymore? Perhaps Israel and Iran had better look through the Talmud and the Quran again and take a leaf from Xians who at least have Stepford wives in a natural patrilineal society with MASCULINE characteristics. No sense of chivalry for the men of both these nations. No sense of femininity for the women of both these nations. Well that shows that countries ruled by the heart and emotions wind up under women. Or in China’s case by Dowagers unaware of what goes on outside the Palace. Men are needed if a country is to be viable. God would never approve of women going to war and if the entire system if skewed politically towards women as well, Israel will cease to exist even without taking on Iran.

Some parts of society (women and children – think child soldiers – are just off limits and if no REAL MEN draw the lines and limits, the rest of the world knows how to say – Your mom wears combat boots (well this is tolerable when a country is at war but a slide towards barbarism overall if entire populaces are militarized) . . . and we all know what a society or nation is worth when class and social ‘niceties’ (actually a sense of morality) like refusing to abet recruitment of child soldiers, or less so, women soldiers, the sense of structure goes out the window. The nation gets one morass of sexless, gender insensitive clones . . . ). Some parts of the world are degenerating quite quickly civilisationally . . . bunch of fetish addled fundos posing as being battle ready. Women’s rights aren’t even properly affirmed in Iran and Israel, and now they want to send women to war? Greeeeaat, next the feminazis will become pedonazis and will start promoting ‘child soldiers’ as well . . .

If I were either Mossad or CIA, I’d watch out for the NLP factor, synchronicity, women’s ‘hive minds’ and the copycat effect. Through Islam and god cop bad cop tactics (possibly Sunni/Shiite for every death on either side caused by either has a will and intent directable – thats why either faction’s leaders don’t care if either factions followers kill themselves), they intend to subvert the men of Israel and USA through spirit and prayer and women. Everytime something is named, or spoken of, a US or Israel official bought over, the ‘West’ and the main competitors for Monotheism in Xianity and Judaism become weaker. Think deeper, this is about cultural domination through mindless solidarity and subversion.

ARTICLE 8

Don’t Panic, But China Mingles Its Nukes with Regular Missiles – by Benjamin Plackett – September 21, 2012 |

A Manhattan fallout shelter from the Cold War. Photo: Flickr/Kate Haskell

It turns out that China’s been mixing its nuclear missiles in with its conventional ones at the same military bases. Not really, uh, advisable: that makes it really hard for other countries to figure out if a Chinese missile launch is just a conventional one or the beginnings of a nuclear Armageddon. But fret not — while China’s missile mingling may not be very sensible, it’s not going to cause World War III.

In what’s thought to be the first comprehensive, non-governmental report on China’s nuclear warplans, John Lewis, a professor of Chinese politics at Stanford University, reveals that China stores its nuclear and conventional missiles in the same locations. Writing in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Lewis warns that the intermingling could trigger a nuclear launch: once another nation watched a Chinese missile blast off, it might trigger a nuclear retaliation from a confused, panicked Russia or United States. And then, should the Chinese see their nuclear assets targeted and destroyed, they might conceivable launch their surviving nuclear warheads.

Nor is Lewis convinced that China’s military policies are characterized by restraint. “The notion that China only acts in self defense is wrong,” he tells Danger Room. “Their whole war plan is aimed at attacking Taiwan.”

That said, even Lewis thinks China’s missile ambiguity is unlikely to result in a nuclear exchange. (In fact, he emphasizes that the Chinese government actually encouraged him to write his piece — as a gesture of transparency.) And other experts agree that the Chinese missile move is merely stupid, not suicidal.

Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear weapons analyst at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, says the de facto presumption in the case of a missile launch is that China isn’t going nuclear. The People’s Republic has a declared no-first-use policy; China isn’t going to nuke, say, Japan over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

And James Dobbins, a former U.S. ambassador to a host of conflict zones, thinks the U.S. isn’t buckwild enough to go nuclear over a confusing missile launch. “I don’t believe the U.S. would launch a nuclear strike on warning in response to a Chinese ballistic attack on U.S. or allied targets,” Dobbins tells Danger Room.

So why would China group its nuclear and conventional missiles together? Experts largely agree that the decision was a logistical one and “practical, not rational,” says Monterrey’s Jeffrey Lewis. Another theory: the Chinese think launching a conventional weapon from a nuclear base would prevent a counterattack, since an adversary is unlikely to take the risk of bombing a nuclear weapons base.

There’s also another possibility: a lumbering, dumb bureaucracy keeps the missiles group together out of inertia. The Chinese may make bad missile decisions. But under that theory, at least their reasons for those bad decisions will be familiar to the Pentagon.
Benjamin Plackett

Benjamin Plackett is a freelance science writer and an intern in WIRED’s New York office.

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Half baked hawk. Not as simple as sight and shoot. The Chinese do this to keep strategy ambiguous (they WANT to obscure the fact of if a nuke or conventional was fired, though ethically this is not healthy, but in war life or death will be more important, though in peacetime this indeed reflects badly on the Chinese – they still have the ‘cost saving excuse’ if the intent is not the main issue . . . though a wealthy nation whuch China is not exactly despite the un-Communist wealth of the Chinese leadership, which makes such cost saving necessary . . . ), and any other nuisance behaviour on purpose while saving money. Read your Sun Tzu. Lumbering and dumb? Not in the slightest. Their reasons for those ‘bad decisions’ are not even familiar to the Chinese citizens.

In fact Taiwan and China might be good cop/bad copping USA. How does that sound when more and more advanced weapons end up in Taiwanese hands? See? And that is only Fu Manchu 18th century tactics, unlike Suntzu’s Strategy dating from 700bc. If I were USA, I’d leave the region alone and focus on consolidating the Middle East, before USA becomes a pawn of Taiwan that may become the tail that China wags the USA dog with. Try that for Chineseness!

One of the more well-known stories about Sun Tzu, taken from Shiji, illustrates Sun Tzu’s temperament as follows: Before hiring Sun Tzu, the King of Wu tested Sun Tzu’s skills by commanding him to train a harem of 180 concubines into soldiers. Sun Tzu divided them into two companies, appointing the two concubines most favored by the king as the company commanders. When Sun Tzu first ordered the concubines to face right, they giggled. In response, Sun Tzu said that the general, in this case himself, was responsible for ensuring that soldiers understood the commands given to them. Then, he reiterated the command, and again the concubines giggled. Sun Tzu then ordered the execution of the king’s two favored concubines, to the king’s protests. He explained that if the general’s soldiers understood their commands but did not obey, it was the fault of the officers. Sun Tzu also said that, once a general was appointed, it was his duty to carry out his mission, even if the king protested. After both concubines were killed, new officers were chosen to replace them. Afterwards, both companies performed their maneuvers flawlessly

The Chinese missile move probably is INTENDED to merely ‘look’ stupid or is made to look stupid by some writers, HOPEFULLY suicidal. But is neither. Who knows the Chinese want to bait the USA into building even more hardware that needs to be maintained? Or hope that USA keeps sending more hardware to Taiwan that may be secretly reverse engineered?

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49120271china-us-eocnomy

ARTICLE 9

House GOP Hammers Obama for ‘Failure to Lead’ –  By John Parkinson – Sep 20, 2012 1:52pm

As the House of Representatives prepares to conclude its legislative business this week and bolt Washington for a six-week recess ahead of the election Nov. 6, Republicans deflected concerns about Mitt Romney’s campaign today, launching a counterattack against President Obama with a barrage of complaints about the president’s “failure to lead” during the past two years of divided Congress.

Addressing reporters following a conference meeting that featured a speech by GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, House Speaker John Boehner did not directly address videos released on the internet earlier this week that show Romney telling a Florida fundraiser last May that 47 percent of the country’s voting population thinks of themselves as victims and are dependent on the government.

“Listen, this election is about jobs. We’ve said it for 20 months and it hasn’t changed,” Boehner, R-Ohio, began when asked about the videos. “Forty-three consecutive months where our unemployment is above 8 percent, and everybody’s going to try to make this election about everything other than what it is. The American people are asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs,’ and so the focus is on jobs.”

“The president’s economic policies have failed, and the American people know it,” he continued. “Mitt Romney has a background where he’s created jobs, he’s got a background where he understands what government can do to destroy jobs, and he has a plan to put Americans back to work. And that’s what this election’s going to be about.”

Pressed whether he agrees with the sentiment of the GOP presidential nominee’s comments considering his own humble upbringing, Boehner conceded that “both campaigns on both sides” will have moments “that get off the message.”

“Listen, the election is about jobs. It’s not about anything else. I’ve had family members who have lost their jobs in this downturn. Two of my brothers, two of my brother-in-laws. I know what’s happening out there and I know how difficult this economy is,” he said. “The message is let’s stay focused on jobs because that’s what the American people want us to stay focused on.”

Rep. Kevin Brady, the vice chairman of the Joint Economic committee, recalled a recent interview where President Obama gave himself an incomplete grade on his economic leadership.

“I don’t know what curve he was grading himself on, but the truth is, he’s dead last,” Brady said. “This president has failed the economic leadership. It is not an incomplete. It’s an F.”

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., criticized the president for “either blaming others or avoiding challenging problems that face our nation,” and she recalled bipartisan cooperation that Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan managed during their own presidencies and divided Congress.

“The president is the leader of his party and yet he refuses to do anything about the overwhelming dysfunction of the Democrat-led Senate. He’s too busy blaming us Republicans for the failing economy,” Black said. “Divided government is clearly not an excuse for President Obama’s failure to lead, and in the absence of strong presidential leadership America is struggling. Today more than ever, we need a president who is not only willing but able to lead our country.”

With recent polling in many battleground states showing a boost for Obama, Boehner insisted that the race is “far from over” and pointed to a Gallup poll that showed just a one-point lead for the president.

“Think about this as a card game,” Boehner said. “The president has played his cards. His economy policies have failed, his foreign policy has failed, [and] his energy policy has failed. His cards are played. Mitt Romney has a plan to get our economy back on track.”

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Be honest.

– economy policies have failed  – every President except possibly Clinton had a surplus but even that might have been from turning the graph upside down ‘hordes of terrorists’ situation.
– foreign policy has failed – maybe but no President has even had to deal with a post Iraq and at least China and Russia have not decided to side with Iran instead siding with USA, not a failure, not exactly spectacular but a pass at least
– energy policy has failed – all energy policy based on fossil or nuke are failures. The main failure is not importing Solar Panels at state level COMMIE style to give free power to the people with at ‘bulk prices’ through the Chinese government. Stop importing oil from ‘terrorist countries’ as well.

Last weeks or months of an exam can be ‘crammed’ for though the family members and neighbours can hinder by being noisy or problematic or unconducive to study. Maybe incomplete still stands because ALOT can change in 6 months, like Iraq becomes USA’s focus and Japan gets dropped so that Iran can be dealt with properly with USA making China the ‘Deputy’ Sheriff’ and main military mainstay rather than Japan (actually more like Sheriff of the East’).

These Muslims think people are stupid and believe their lies and disrespect the UN treaties or secular lifestyles, impose Islam justified apartheid, or even LGBT culture. Obama needs to look at the so-called allies, could be that the Sunnites are trying to pull a fast one on USA by drawing USA into the Middle East in Iran. Israel can’t even think straight, but who would be able to, given the way Muslims behave regards the above mentioned areas?

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ARTICLE 1

Serena Williams: Two Wimbledon championships in a day – by Pritha Sarkar, Reuters / July 8, 2012

Serena Williams won the women’s singles title, then won the Wimbledon doubles championship with her sister, Venus. For Serena and Venus it was their fifth Wimbledon doubles title.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to win the women’s final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Saturday, July 7, 2012. Later the same day, Serena and Venus Williams won their fifth doubles title at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams capped off yet another successful day at Wimbledon for America’s premier tennis family as she followed up her singles triumph by winning the doubles title with sister Venus on Saturday.

Six and a half hours after lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish for the fifth time, Serena teamed up with her 32-year-old sibling to down Czech sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5 6-4.

Venus, a first-round loser in singles, fired an ace to complete the 78-minute victory on a floodlit arena just 10 minutes before the 11pm (2200 GMT) cut-off time for Centre Court play.

It was a fifth All England Club doubles title for the duo, and 13th overall.

After watching Serena, 30, win her three-set battle against Agnieszka Radwanska in the singles, Venus was delighted to play an active role on court and at one point produced a stunning volley despite falling on to her bottom.

“I felt I played a match with her earlier so I felt like it was my second match too,” a beaming Venus said after accepting the doubles trophy in the Royal Box. “It was a great day for all of us.”

“If anyone knows what that (winning the singles and doubles here on the same day) feels like, it’s me. It’s an amazing feeling.”

She was born a fighter and on Saturday Serena Williams proved she is the ultimate survivor as she completed her “unbelievable journey” from a pit of despair to win a fifth Wimbledon crown.

Seventeen months after a being diagnosed with a blood clot in her lungs which almost ended her glittering tennis career, Williams blotted out the mental and physical scars to climb back into the grand slam winner’s circle by snuffing out Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 5-7 6-2.

Almost everyone but those closest to her thought the days when Williams would be holding aloft one of the four major trophies were all but over.

But at the age of 30, the American, who grew up practicing on cracked public courts in Compton surrounded by drug dealers and drive-by shootings, showed the world what she was still capable of as she blazed a backhand winner to win her 14th grand slam trophy.

It was little wonder she collapsed on to her back in her moment of glory and still lying on the ground, she covered her face for several seconds, no doubt thinking about all the injuries, illnesses and surgery she has had to endure in the past two years.

“I can’t even describe it. I almost didn’t make it a few years ago. I was in hospital but now I’m here again and it was so worth it. I’m so happy,” a beaming Williams, with her voice quivering, told the crowd as she hugged the Venus Rosewater Dish.

“I never dreamt of being here again, being so down,” added the American, whose tale of woe started when she sliced her foot on a piece of glass in a Munich restaurant soon after winning her 13th slam at Wimbledon in July 2010.
“I didn’t give up (even when I had the clot). I was just so tired at that point.
“Gosh, right before that I had the blood clot, I had lung problems…. I had two foot surgeries. It was a lot. I just felt down, the lowest of lows.”

On Saturday, she enjoyed the highest of the highs as she matched her sister Venus’s haul of five Wimbledon trophies by becoming the first 30-something to win the title since Martina Navratilova achieved the feat in 1990.

“Coming here and winning today is amazing because literally last year I was ranked almost 200. It’s been an unbelievable journey for me,” said the world number six.

That journey almost took a backward slide just five weeks ago when Serena lost in the opening round of the French Open, the first time she had exited so early from a grand slam tournament.

But just as many started writing Serena’s tennis obituary, she roared back to stop Radwanska from becoming the first Polish grand slam winner.
Radwanska’s title hopes had already looked rather bleak as not only had she never won a set against Serena before, but as she prepared for the biggest match of her career, she was already battling respiratory problems which she blamed on the rain and blustery winds of the non-existent British summer.

Saturday’s damp, chilly and gloomy conditions on Centre Court would have done little to lift Radwanska’s mood and it was not long before she was being blown away by a gale force named Serena.

As Serena moved within one point of blanking out Radwanska from the first set, it led one fan to tweet “this final will be over before you can put a kettle on”.

Radwanska could have done with a hot drink herself as she sniffled and coughed during the changeovers and she got a chance to warm her throat when the players were briefly forced off court at the end of the first set when a slight drizzle started to fall.

The short respite did nothing to halt Serena’s charge as she steamed to a 4-2 lead. But just when it seemed that Serena would be wrapping up one of the most one-sided Wimbledon finals, Radwanska’s game suddenly caught fire and she levelled for 4-4.

The 23-year-old Pole drew Serena into lengthy rallies and when the American netted a backhand to surrender the second set, the crowd erupted into wild applause.

Serena, though, is not one for cowering and one 49-second blitz summed up her intentions. She fired four thunderbolt aces to win the fourth game of the third set, and from then on, her opponent never got a look in.

Serena followed up her 102nd ace of the tournament with a screaming service winner to bring up matchpoint, and seconds later it was all over.
“I’m still shaking so much. I think I had the best two weeks of my life. She was too good today, but I’m just so happy to be here in the final. I think it was not my day but I’ll try again next year,” a sobbing Radwanska said during the presentation ceremony.

Serena then rounded off a successful day for the Williams clan as she and Venus joined forces to capture a fifth Wimbledon doubles title, beating Czech sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5 6-4.

While Serena was off to sort out her outfit for the champions ball, Roger Federer was getting ready to strike a double blow for the 30-somethings when he takes on British hope Andy Murray in the men’s final on Sunday.

A Serena-Federer triumph would mean it would be the first time since 1975 when both Wimbledon singles titles have been won by the over 30s.
Jonathan Marray kicked off what could be a weekend of national euphoria for British tennis when he became the first home player since 1936 to

win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title with Danish partner Frederik Nielsen.

Just a day before near-namesake Murray hopes to end Britain’s 76-year wait for a men’s singles champion, wildcards Marray and Nielsen sent the Centre Court crowd into a frenzy after downing fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 6-7 6-3. (Editing by Toby Davis)

(Editing by Alison Wildey)

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How many times? Once a sports person has won a top title, they do not need to play anymore. Becomes quite dull, and being a 1 on 1, is even less variable than if a team of many members on each side was involved. A separate category could be played among title holders and fresh title challengers once enough formers are present), though people watching the same players over and over again, excepting making bets behind the scenes, is not very interesting either for non-punters or even punters.

Every year should have new winners from a new crop of competitors, more so due to the extreme wealth in prizes that ends up as wealth sequestration (a very bad thing that causes inequality in society as well as a false sense of entitlement for those sportsmen inclined) when a single player wins again and again and again instead of that money spread out evenly over 1 prize per player.

Expect a spate of building from the fame lovers after reading the next line . . .

Lets say that to gauge who are REAL sportspersons, do a casual check and see which plutocrat multiple prize winners have set up a court or arena for their favorite sport commensurate with the love of sport – those using 1% of theor wealth or a single token sports facility instead of 95% and many facilities (instead of endorse sports products to cynically draw in ‘on the back of sports for coolness’/’sports enthusiast consumers instead of trying to mass produce the cheapest and best equipment) . . . show the level of passion for their selected sports. Those who merely bought mansions and drank champagne whether they kept winning or not are not REAL sportspersons and just in sports for the money and fame – aka attention whores too prudish to get into porn!

ARTICLE 2

Are you the Last of the Mohicans? Philip appears delighted as he meets community worker with extreme haircut by Rosie Taylor – PUBLISHED: 22:29 GMT, 11 July 2012 | UPDATED: 22:32 GMT, 11 July 2012

It might have received a prickly reception from some gentlemen of his generation – but the Duke of Edinburgh appeared delighted to meet a man with a bright red Mohican yesterday.

Ian Betterton was invited to a lunch with the Queen and her husband because of his contribution to community work and chatted with the 91-year-old Duke about his eye-catching style.

Mr Betterton, 42, said: ‘He asked me if I support local hairdressers.

‘I told him I do it myself and that’s why it’s a bit wonky.’

The Duke of Edinburgh joins community worker Ian ‘Spike’ Betterton, for lunch at the Guildhall in Worcester

The sun shone for the royal couple’s visit to the west midlands, where they arrived in Hereford on a 79 year old steam train named in the Queen’s honour

The royal couple were at the Guildhall in Worcester for lunch with 150 guests as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

The spent the morning in nearby Hereford, after arriving in the city aboard a steam train named in the Queen’s honour in 1933.

Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from wellwishers as she attends the Herefordshire Diamond Day

Wearing a light pink tweed coat and dress, the Queen began her visit to Hereford by unveiling a plaque and receiving a gift during an engagement at the city’s 12th century cathedral.

The royal couple then travelled to the King George V playing fields where thousands of residents were lined up waiting to greet and cheer their arrival.

Among the attractions at the Herefordshire Diamond Day parade were a 90-piece band, a procession of dancers, a cider company’s horse-drawn dray, a trailer carrying Ryeland sheep and 2009 Grand National winner Mon Mome.

After arriving in Worcester by helicopter, the Queen and Duke were greeted by a long line of well-wishers waving flags outside The Hive, a new £60 million library and history centre, and collected posies from the crowd.

The centre, which opened last week, brings books, documents and archived items from Worcester University and the services of Worcestershire County Council together under one roof.

The Queen was given a tour of the centre by the Vice Chancellor of Worcester University, Professor

David Green, and the leader of Worcestershire County Council, Adrian Hardman.

A group of schoolchildren then danced for the Queen, who smiled as they performed to the theme of the Pink Panther and recited from Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet.

The couple will travel to Birmingham today.
Hundreds of balloons are released in the sky as the royal couple arrive at Hereford’s 12th century cathedral

Commentator comments :

I understand that the Queen and Price Philip appreciate meeting unusual people and seeing a little something that surprises them after 60/365 of meet and greets.

– Mrs Whit, USA, 12/7/2012 04:29
Rating   35

Of course the Duke was delighted – he was just excited to be chatting with someone interesting and different. It must be crushingly boring for him to have to make small chit-chat with the same type of people all day long.

– Susan, Auckland, 12/7/2012 04:07
Rating   49

It’s a mohawk!

– Pauline, Perth, Western Australia, 12/7/2012 03:52
Rating   15

Ha !! I always thought Philip might be a cool guy !!

– Computer Says No, New Jersey, 12/7/2012 03:45
Rating   32

There comes a time in every man’s life when he should set aside foolish things…….I think it’s 42.

– JG, Somewhere PC does not exist, 12/7/2012 03:35
Rating   2

Looks like that punk made his day…

– Doomsayer, Southend on Sea, Essex, 12/7/2012 03:12
Rating   39

Amazing! It takes work to look like that! and Bravo for the Duke’s sense of Humor 🙂

– annie w, Los Angeles USA, 12/7/2012 02:06
Rating   30

Once again the numpty of a reporter calls this hairstyle a Mohican instead of the correct term Mohawk (this is a stylised version of a Mohawk I hasten to add). These were two totally different native american tribes. Look it up before you write about it and get your facts straight.

– Thomas the Cat, Tropics, Australia, 12/7/2012 01:44
Rating   17

For some reason, I kind of feel that Prince Philip would totally get a red mohawk if he had enough hair; he just seems like that kind of grandad. In my head, Harry and Zara would be the ones spiking it; Princes Charles and William would be reservedly chuckling off to the side; Camilla and Kate would be pointing and laughing; and the Queen would be sitting on her throne (in my head, she sits on her throne 24/7), burying her head in her hands and laughing just a little. As for the rest, the Yorks are off doing what they do, the Earl and Countess of Wessex are off to the side, slightly uncomfortable with the spectacle and the Princess Royal doesn’t really find it that funny, but Tim kind of does.

– Linda, TN, US, 12/7/2012 01:00

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A convincing poseur. You know who is truly punk? Try those (if not a contrived strawman scenario) people who did NOT look like punks but did try to trash the ‘Royal Car’ (10 Dec 2010 – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1337478/ROYAL-CAR-ATTACK-Blunder-left-Camilla-cowering-hit-ribs-protestors.html) types who had no makeup or ‘mohawk hair’ but very much the heart of punk AND anarchy.

Hate to sound barbaric but a real punk would have not have played ‘sit down’ and ‘roll over’ or even turned up at all unless intending to make a dramatic statement of some sort. Should have tried for ‘street cred’ by doing something unpleasant (if not lethal – flick some their own freshly cut blood or blue paint or something) – missed opportunity you poseur! That girl who hit Prince Charles with the flower (http://articles.cnn.com/2001-11-08/world/prince.latvia_1_baltic-independence-britain-s-prince-charles-british-throne?_s=PM:WORLD)  was more punk than this sod will ever be, no matter how punk they look right down to the safety pins though in a monkey suit! Punks would gate crash as many ‘toff’ parties to simply get into prison to not work (though fashion wise they might be less happy and this is the main deterrant of not being able to wear liberty spikes or ‘mohawks’ – for the more aware among punks – NOT fear of prison . . . )!

Punks are by essence NOT grown up in some ways and HATE authority, only accepting equality, but would become redundant the instance society sorted all problem issues out (not so soon, so punk’s definitely not dead). Heck even merely writing about how the Royalty owns 6.6 billion acres of land and being selfish while Englishmen starve or are homeless is more punk than the poseur here asking about barbers, a semi-effete affectation (more LGBT propaganda is not bad, but using a punk along side royalty to lob NLPs is terribly cynical) in choice of subjects if anything.

Punk is more than a look, punk is a MINDSET. This ‘punk’ is a socially moulded poseur . . . and heres this writer’s punk moment of the day –

REMEMBER : Due to the land sequestration, ” people die or are homeless still while 6.6. billion acres of land are sequestered by the half-German ‘English’ Royal family this very day . . . more punk than this leashed and collared fake!

Finally there are real Mohicans (among other Indian ‘states’ from before the English, French, Spanish and other Europeans butchered and cheated their way into controlling and near destroying culture and language – see map-diagram below) but the English colonies still occupy the sovereign territories of the Red Ameri-Indians in the form of USA.

The Actual Mohawk and Mohican areas which would be sovereign countries if not colonized and butchered when ‘America’ was discovered . . .

Back to punks . . . example : In a country with Royals/Capitalists that  have grown too big, punks hate the monarchy/banksters. Conversely, in a country where a Monarchy/Communism was deposed or frowned on, punks will support the monarchy/commies.

Punks are contrarian and counter-culture, also anti-mainstream and will exist until the pendulum swings too gently (perhaps punks seek a balance despite all the bad rep. by the establishment) for punks to see no need to react by being punk. Punk is youth spirit! – (Excerpt from @Vonneleth’s as of yet written ‘Punk Philosophy 101’.) Some ideas on ‘Punk Fashion’ (specifically Cyberpunk Fashion) follow below  . . .

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Cheap tickets harm consumers and airlines (People’s Daily Online) 16:30, July 11, 2012 (Photo from caacnews.com.cn) – Edited and translated by Ma Xi and Liang Jun, People’s Daily Online

In recent years, some illegal websites lured consumers with cheap tickets against regulations and they frequently got trapped. But do these unlawful websites only harm the interest of consumers?

The recently issued report on China’s online ticket prices will help more people to know about the mystery and hazard behind the cheap tickets.

The lower the prices, the more the problems, and the greater the risks, according to the report jointly issued by Ctcnn.com and Grassroots Consulting.

The tickets prices varied widely at the same time and the same flights, according the report based on 500 flights, on 142 randomly selected routes, with their prices 10 percent lower than the published. Majority of these routes are from Qunar.com, a well-known travel search engine in China.

The report also shows among the top ten sources of cheap tickets, 90 percent of them are illegal sales, including resale via fare increase, non-normal accommodation sale with higher prices, stealing the customer agreement pricing and more.

Online travel service providers, represented by ctirp.com, elong.com, mangocity.com, carry out B2C business model—buying tickets, hotels, leisure products and guide service from suppliers, therefore they are more responsible for their products and have more complete consumer service system, according to Wang Tingting, analyst of IRsearch, an online market research company.

The travel search websites, represented by Qunar.com, provide platform to consumers to know about, compare and select tickets and hotels. They have no close links with suppliers and this kind of loose cooperation provide loopholes for some suppliers.

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Travel, especially public transport, should in fact be free and supported by plutocrats and government institutions. ‘Ticket Scalpers’ or fake ticket sellers are bad. BUT cheap tickets DO NOT harm consumers and airlines and benefit the poor immensely.

The title ‘Cheap tickets harm consumers and airlines’ does say something about the contributors and not something very good, though prevailing ‘thought-trends’ probably affected the contributors’ (recidivist?) mindsets . . .

Lowering some profits for better morale and security of transport (i.e. disallowing more than 15% of salary to be applied against all citizens who may travel freely after the 15% limit of expense has been spent will allow for a happier society where not just the rich can have access t6o unlimited travel but also the poor have the same right. Having one’s travel rights curtailed simply because of poverty is untenable. Socialist China which SHARES the wealth should understand this point. The 15% limit on travel expense and subsequent subsidies act as a form of wealth distribution that Socialists should understand, and travelling per se should not be something that is denied any simply because of lack of wealth issues. The costs average out as richer people will subsidise by their flat percentage charges or higher taxes om private vehicles though still at a maximum of 15% for unlimited access to transport.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7872296.html

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Wanted… for crimes against decking: Mother returns from holiday to find garden platform torn down – and has arrest warrant issued because it is ’12 INCHES too high’ – By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 09:25 GMT, 11 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:05 GMT, 11 July 2012

Lesley Cherry, 46, was told her details were on the police national computer
While she was in Turkey, council demolished decking at her Stockport home
Magistrates fined her £110 for failing to comply with enforcement notice
She must also pay £1,500 council bill for the cost of removing the decking

A mother-of-three returned from holiday to find she was wanted by police – because her garden decking was too high.

Lesley Cherry, 46, was shocked to discover a warrant had been issued for her arrest and her details were on the police national computer.

Furthermore, while she was away in Turkey, council workers came round and demolished the £4,500 decking in the back-garden of her Stockport home.

Now Stockport Council has fined Mrs Cherry £110 by magistrates after she admitted failure to comply with an enforcement notice. She must also pay the £1,500 bill from the council for the cost of removing the decking.

Lesley Cherry, 46, from Stockport, was told a warrant had been issued for her arrest and her details were on the police national computer

Mrs Cherry and her estranged husband Simon, 41, had put up decking without planning permission in their steep back garden last year to give their three children a flat surface to play on.

But Stockport council said he decking as ‘completely un-neighbourly’ because it was raised more than 12in above the ground and took action against the couple giving them four months to take it down.

Mr and Mrs Cherry were due in court on June 13 but neither showed up – both saying personal problems meant they were unaware of the hearing date.
Lesley Cherry’s decking under construction in her back garden

Lesley Cherry’s decking under construction in her back garden. The council tore it down and have sent her the £1,500 bill for its removal after a hearing before magistrates today

Warrants were then issued by police, which Mr Cherry, who was not on holiday, managed to respond too.

Mrs Cherry said: ‘I was gobsmacked when I found out about the warrant. I’m just glad I wasn’t stopped at the airport.

‘It is pathetic, a bit of decking – I wish we hadn’t bothered now. We didn’t have planning permission but didn’t realise we needed it.

Stockport council said he decking as ¿completely un-neighbourly¿ because it was raised more than 30cm above the ground and took action against the couple

‘I thought the matter had been sorted out and didn’t know I had to be in court on that day.’

The couple, who have three children – Daniel, 13, Kayleigh, nine, and Liam, seven – appeared before magistrates today where Mrs Cherry was issued with her fine. Mr Cherry was fined £1,336 plus prosecution costs of £437.04.

Prosecuting for Stockport Council Miss Karen Hillen said: ‘It was a considerable and substantial decking area, and elevated post decking being built to the rear.

‘The officer was satisfied that planning permission was needed and had not been applied for and it was likely that would be un-neighbourly.

‘It caused serious overlooking of the adjacent garden and looked into the adjacent rear bedrooms.’

The court heard the council repeatedly wrote to the couple telling them to remove the decking before an enforcement notice was served. No appeal was received.

Mrs Cherry and husband Simon, 41, had put up decking without planning permission

Miss Hillen added: ‘The council said that it was detrimental to the amenity and was so severe that they exercised powers to remove the decking. The council is going to charge in the region of £1,500 for the removal of the decking.’

In mitigation Mr Cherry said: ‘We had no idea when we initially set up the decking that it would be infringing the planning policy. The ground at the back is split on five levels and if we had built on the lower levels then it would have complied.

‘When we first got the letter we had not had any contact from the council and they had not come round to explain. There was no discussion. We spoke to them three days before the deadline and they were under no wish to consider it.

‘I accept that it does overlook next door’s garden, there is no dispute in that. He saw us putting up and then made a complaint because we didn’t put fencing up.’

Lesley Cherry, 46, was told that failure to contact the warrants office could result in her immediate arrest

Passing sentence the magistrates told the couple: ‘We accept that you made some attempt to contact the council and that you attempted to take the decking down and that you had been burgled. Clearly by failing to comply with the issue is detrimental to the neighbours.’

Councillor Iain Roberts, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: ‘Mr and Mrs Cherry didn’t comply with the notice despite several attempts by the council to get them to comply.

‘As the harm caused by the development was so severe, we had no option other than to carry out the steps required by the notice. The decking was removed and the council will recover its costs from Mr and Mrs Cherry.

‘Any decking, raised platform or veranda over 30cm in height requires planning permission.’

Commentator Comments :

Decking is made of wood and I thought that wooden structures counted as temporary (e.g garden sheds) so planning permission was not required?

– Simon Knowles, Thatcham, England, 11/7/2012 16:35
Rating   16

At least the planning office took notice of the neighbours, unlike councils in a lot of the country who say you have no right to privacy or light, nd allow building to get lanning permission to build twenty foot behind a house, and 6 stories high.

– Liz, South of the Watford gap, southwest FLorida, 11/7/2012 16:33
Rating   15

So getting down to the nitty gritty. She built it without permission OK. But then she was told it needed permission and then did nothing for 4 months (hoping it would go away no doubt) Even when issued with an enforcement notice she did nothing!!! Even failed to appear at court. Stupid woman. As far as the Police involvement they would have been given the warrant to arrest her by the magistrates for ‘failing to appear’ at the first court hearing, again stupid woman!! She deserves all she gets.

– philipspain, chester, 11/7/2012 16:33
Rating   22

Too many council officials with too much time on their hands. It’s the same all over the country.

– Scotty, Cambs., 11/7/2012 16:33
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Now Stockport Council has fined Mrs Cherry £110 by magistrates after she admitted failure to comply with an enforcement notice. She must also pay the £1,500 bill from the council for the cost of removing the decking_____________She also failed to aquire planning permission. What did she expect to happen? The council to let her off and turn a blind eye? Why should she subject to a different law than the rest of us?

– karen, Stoke England, 11/7/2012 16:31
Rating   17

Typical stasi tactics many councils now employ, if a warrant was issued, has it been signed by the magistrate? if it has no wet signature then the warrant cannot be served which means that under common law, the council have committed criminal damage and trespass. She should consider legal action against the council even if the warrant was signed. The reasons for demolishing the decking are farcical, and common sense has been abandoned to the wind. Yet it is acceptable to allow so called travelers to run rough shod over planning laws and if you try to remove them, you are arrested and fined! Welcome to the Peoples Republic of The United Kingdom!

– Rebecca, West Sussex, 11/7/2012 16:28
Rating   5

A pity that our local council did not take the same view when a developer built a 3 story block of flats looking straight into the lounge windows of a row of bungalows where I live.

– Anon, Anon, 11/7/2012 16:28
Rating   25

The council repeatedly wrote to the couple telling them to remove the decking before an enforcement notice was served. They were given four Months to take it down and didn’t. They failed to turn up at court when summonsed. The arrest warrant will not be for erecting decking without planning permission but for the much more serious offence of ignoring the legal system multiple times.

– Paul, East Yorkshire Patriot, 11/7/2012 16:19
Rating   13

The council apparently has authority to do what it damn well pleases, but to all those castigating this couple, who says the house they live in is a council provided one.

– Bill Mann, UK, 11/7/2012 16:18
Rating   1

It’s strange how the council can act so quickly when a member of the Council Tax paying public makes a mistake over some decking and yet take years to act against members of the travelling community when they bring in heavy plant to clear a green field site to create an ugly caravan park.

– Snottbucket, Thurso, 11/7/2012 16:14

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Fight for your freedoms. In Malaysia the same abuse is happening caused by the DAP party (Gambier Threat). Still no amendments here nor updates on what happened, though there haven’t been any high profile abuses reported by media thus far (probably buried or bribed into oblivion). English law is the worst. Try for abolishing Eminent Domain and implementing Allodial Title options. Your home is your castle, and none may trespass much less for 12 inches of height or even 12 feet if quite sturdily built. 2nd Amendment rights should also be sacrosanct for nations that disallow carrying arms around, at one’s home at least weapons should be allowed. Run for election AGAINST that MP with intent to amend these sorts of ‘Council Powers’ or laws that allow the Councilmen to abuse homeowners like that. At very least SUE. Conversely look at the below article but do know that the individual is responsible for themselves not ‘nanny state’ and abusive laws . . .

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2012/07/21/blotter/doc500a09b1e9231905526062.txt

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Wealthy socialite and top Democratic donor Denise Rich renounces her U.S. citizenship – saving her tens of millions of dollars in taxes – By Reuters Reporter PUBLISHED: 14:43 GMT, 9 July 2012 | UPDATED: 18:00 GMT, 9 July 2012

Songwriter also has Austrian citizenship through her late father
Former husband Marc Rich fled the country when indicted on charges of tax evasion – but was pardoned by President Clinton in 2001
House of Representatives committee later found Denise Rich had swayed the decision through donations to Clinton campaign
Comes as the latest wealthy American to denounce citizenship

Denise Rich, the wealthy socialite and former wife of pardoned billionaire trader Marc Rich, has given up her U.S. citizenship – and, with it, much of her U.S. tax bill.

Rich, 68, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, top Democratic donor and glamorous figure in European royalty circles, renounced her American passport in November, according to her lawyer.

Her maiden name, Denise Eisenberg, appeared in the Federal Register on April 30 in a quarterly list of Americans who renounced their U.S. citizenship and permanent residents who handed in their green cards.

Wealthy: Denise Rich, a songwriter who was married to pardoned billionaire trader Marc Rich, has denounced her American citizenship and will save millions in U.S. tax bills

By dumping her U.S. passport, Rich, who was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, likely will save tens of millions of dollars or more in U.S. taxes over the long haul, tax lawyers say.

She also has Austrian citizenship through her deceased father, said Michael Heidt, a lawyer in Hollywood, Florida, who represented her in a recent lawsuit. She plans to live in London.

Rich, who wrote songs recorded by Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Jessica Simpson, is the latest bold-faced name to join a wave of wealthy people renouncing their American citizenship.

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin gave up his U.S. passport to become a citizen of Singapore, an offshore tax haven, before the company’s initial public offering in May.
Moving on: Her lawyer said she gave up her U.S. passport to be closer to her family and partner, Peter Cervinka, pictured

Moving on: Her lawyer said she gave up her U.S. passport to be closer to her family and partner, Peter Cervinka

Nearly 1,800 citizens and permanent residents, a record since data was first compiled in 1998, expatriated last year, according to government figures.

Heidt said Rich had dumped her U.S. passport “so that she can be closer to her family and to Peter Cervinka, her long-time partner.”

AVOIDING TAX: LIVING AS A ‘NON-DOM’ IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

On leaving the U.S., Rich will have to pay ‘exit tax’ on property she owns across the world.

But, as an Austrian citizen, she will get tax breaks. While Austria generally taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, it has generous breaks for citizens who spend half the year abroad.

Rich will fulfill this criterion as her main residence will be in London, her lawyer said.

But while in the United Kingdom, she can claim ‘non-domiciled’ status, the coveted tax status of the international private jet set.

Being a ‘non-dom’ means you do not have to pay income and capital gains tax on earnings made outside the United Kingdom.

Those earnings will only be taxed if they are remitted to the U.K.

This is at odds with the U.S. which generally taxes its citizens on their worldwide income.

Rich’s two daughters live in London; Cervinka, a wealthy property developer, is an Austrian national. Rich plans to make London her main residence and does not intend to acquire other passports, Heidt said.

Rich’s ex-husband, commodities trader Marc Rich, fled the United States in 1983 when indicted on charges of tax evasion, fraud, racketeering and illegal trading of oil with Iran. They divorced in 1996.

Marc Rich received a presidential pardon in 2001 on President Bill Clinton’s last day in office.

Federal prosecutors and Congress investigated the pardon, and in 2002 a House of Representatives committee concluded Denise Rich had swayed the action through donations to the Clinton library and campaign.

Dubbed “Lady Gatsby” by Yachting magazine, Rich owns multiple properties, including a mansion in Aspen, Colorado.

She is a frequent habitue of Cannes, Monte Carlo and St. Tropez with celebrities and singers aboard her 157-foot yacht, Lady Joy.

Rich will escape future U.S. taxes but possibly not all current ones. In 2008, Congress imposed an expatriation tax on persons with a net worth of more than $2 million who dump their U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.

Famous friends: Rich, left, with Michael Jackson, Hillary Clinton and President Clinton pictured in 2000. Rich is also a citizen of Austria and will live full time in London

Pardon: Rich’s ex husband received a pardon from Bill Clinton on his final day in office in 2001 after Marc Rich fled the country on accusations of tax evasion, fraud, racketeering and illegal trading of oil with Iran

Pardon: Rich’s ex husband received a pardon from Bill Clinton on his final day in office in 2001 after Marc Rich fled the country on accusations of tax evasion, fraud, racketeering and illegal trading of oil

Privilege: A committee found Denise Rich had swayed the pardon with donations to the Clinton campaign

Under the law, those people owe an “exit tax” on their worldwide property, computed at a fair market value the day before they leave.

But tax lawyers say the tax can be reduced or avoided by structuring asset holdings through foreign annuities.

While Austria, like the United States, generally taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, it has generous tax breaks for citizens who spend half the year abroad.

In January, Rich put her 5th Avenue penthouse in New York on the market for $65 million, according to the listing agent, The Corcoran Group.

Denise Rich

Career: Rich wrote songs recorded by Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Jessica Simpson

Former flame: She was married to trader Marc Rich until 1996. He is worth around $1 billion

New York property records show Rich acquired a 100 percent stake in the apartment, described by Corcoran as “the epitome of luxury and grandeur,” for $200,000 in 2006.

Bonnie Evans, the Corcoran broker for the property, declined to discuss details.

The recent lawsuit against Rich was filed on behalf of Lee Goldberg, the former protector of a Cook Islands trust of which Rich is a beneficiary, in February. The case was dismissed in April, court records show.

The Cook Islands, a South Pacific tax haven, offers Swiss-style secrecy for wealthy investors.
Life of luxury: In January, she put her 5th Avenue penthouse in New York on the market for $65 million

Opulent: The 12,000 square feet property has seven bedrooms and eleven bathrooms

High life: The property, which also has a recording studio, has a stunning view over Central Park

The lawsuit accused Rich and Richard Kilstock, a British real estate entrepreneur who is married to Rich’s daughter Daniella, of “transferring, moving or secreting trust assets, in violation of the trust’s guidelines and without the knowledge or permission of Goldberg.”

Rich and Kilstock denied the charges and accused Goldberg of altering trust documents, court filings show.

Both Goldberg and his attorney, Donald Thomas, declined to discuss the case. Rich recently dismissed Goldberg, one of her long-time lawyers, as protector of the trust.

Heidt, who also represents Kilstock in the case, declined to discuss the lawsuit. Kilstock did not return calls requesting comment.
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This is how USA ends? After fostering conditions for illegal and unethical wealth acquisition through bad tax and legal loophole practices or laws, the same people who were allowed to plunder USA or grow wealthy during fair weather, now leave the USA in USA’s moment of need, enmired in the same fiscal debt and even military industrial complex that enriched these same people . . . USA could still invoke some UN extradition laws against such people citing ‘Profiteering off Loopholes in Unethical Laws’ (actually citizen ‘escape’ during such financial crises or even war time could come under TREASON – fiscal treason in this case that the UN could need to apply or ratify, perhaps up to a limit of requisitioned wealth of a certain level that will not affect the social standing and *GENERAL* lifestyle – leave the billionaires 20 million, leave the 100-500 millionaires 5 million for example, but under no circumstances should these people be allowed to up and leave just like that . . .

UN could penalize BOTH the receiving country and offending citizen . . . ) but that would mean that the lawmakers and politicians of the last 3-5 decades who allowed this sequestration to take place would also be found guilty of something. This is no longer about just guts but also fixing USA’s moral compass, finance system, understanding of ethics AND legal system. Obama ready to show American exceptionalism (not tyranny ‘healthcare penalty’ though – maybe the penalty could be applied to all ABOVE earning above 50K rather than EVERYONE without exception??? . . .)

ARTICLE 5.5

Meat Loaf Impersonator : Take Your Stupid Site … I’m Not Fat Anymore! 7/11/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Meat Loaf can finally snatch control of his website from a Meat Loaf impersonator who says he’s lost too much weight to continue copying the big man — but it’s gonna cost him.

As TMZ first reported, OG Meat Loaf is suing Meat Loaf 2.0 — Dean Torkington — claiming he’s cybersquatting on MeatLoaf.org and misleading Loaf fans.

Torkington tells TMZ the real Meat offered him $2,000 for the site, but he wants something closer to $10,000. Torkington says he’s only willing to part with the site because he’s dropped about 168 lbs. … hardly “Bat Out of Hell” shape.

Torkington says he wants the cash to promote his new gig — Bruce Springsteen and Steven Tyler impressions.

Meat Loaf’s reps haven’t commented yet.

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Heres a back handed back hand insult on Meatloaf’s behalf. You can’t do Meatloaf without being fat, though all parties mentioned are ‘grungy’. If Meatloaf slims down though, any fat Meatloaf impersonater could very well pose a serious challenge to the real slimmed down Meatloaf. The name Meatloaf (being an unhealthy food) IS ‘fatness’ as well! Much like a star named ‘Slim’ can’t really connect if fat in real life . . . congruity builds the meme and personae . . .

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Scranton mayor slashes pay for all city workers—including police and firefighters—to minimum wage by Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout – Tue Jul 10 2012

Cash-strapped Scranton, Pa., has slashed pay for all city employees—including police and firefighters—to minimum wage, sparking furor among unions that now say they plan to sue in federal court.

A lawyer representing three unions told Scranton’s Times-Tribune he will file several motions, including one to hold Mayor Chris Doherty in contempt of court for violating a judge’s order to pay full wages.

The lawyer, Thomas Jennings, said he also expects to file a pair federal lawsuits on behalf of the unions—International Association of Firefighters Local 60, the Fraternal Order of Police E.B. Jermyn Lodge 2 and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 2305—alleging the city failed to pay proper wages and overtime, and cut benefits for disabled police and firefighters without a proper hearing.

“Pick a law,” Jennings told the Times-Tribune. “They violated it.”

[Also read: As Scranton officials quibble, it’s the residents who suffer]

Last week, Doherty abruptly cut pay for all 398 city employees to $7.25 per hour, saying it was the only way to keep Scranton solvent.

According to the paper, Scranton—which faces a $16.8 million budget deficit—had $133,000 in cash on hand as of Monday, but owed $3.4 million in various vendor bills, including health insurance.

Roger Leonard, a city employee, told NPR he typically gets a $900 check for two weeks of work. On Friday, it was $340.

“I have two children and a wife, and my wife is a stay-at-home mom,”  Leonard told NPR. “If the savings gets drained, we won’t be OK.”

The mayor, meanwhile, blamed the City Council for Scranton’s financial woes.

“If they’d gone with my budget, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” Doherty said. “The taxes would have been raised. The bills all would have been paid because we would have had a dedicated revenue stream.”

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Minimum wage for uniformed groups make government workers more relatable and normal to Joe Publics. On top of that the uniformed person still has authority and access to state apparatus to compensate, that Joe Public worker does not. Life isn’t all about money and discontent from minimum wagers cannot be ignored or separated from minimum wage jobs for uniformed groups. Conversely those cuts could have seen salaries added marginally (5%?) to the minimum wagers (who now have the same 5% more salary) not employed by government to further make a point as well.

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Anger as man responsible for HALF of all crime in one town is spared jail – by Anthony Bond – PUBLISHED: 02:09 GMT, 11 July 2012 | UPDATED: 06:51 GMT, 11 July 2012

Thomas Cato stole a meat pie and pair of rubber gloves while on a suspended custodial sentence for burglary
23-year-old is responsible for 50 per cent of all recorded crime in Dolgellau, North Wales
A petty thief is responsible for half of all the recorded crimes in his hometown – but was still spared jail following his latest offence.

Thomas Cato, 23, was caught pilfering a meat pie and a pair of rubber gloves – while on a suspended custodial sentence for burglary.

A court heard Cato was responsible for 50 per cent of all recorded crime in his hometown of Dolgellau, North Wales, with a population of 3,000 people.
Shocking: Petty thief Thomas Cato, 23, is responsible for half of all the recorded crimes in his hometown – but was still spared jail following his latest offence

Shocking: Petty thief Thomas Cato, 23, is responsible for half of all the recorded crimes in his hometown – but was still spared jail following his latest offence

Criminal Cato pleaded guilty to stealing the pie and pair of Marigolds, valued at just £2.29p, from his local Co-Op store.

But his solicitor Nicola Jones told the court yesterday it would be ‘disproportionate’ to receive a jail sentence for shoplifting.

She said Cato had mental health problems which had only recently been diagnosed.

Miss Jones said: ‘It will be to the town’s benefit if my client stops offending.

‘Six months ago I spoke to the police who told me that my client was responsible for half of the recorded crimes in Dolgellau.’
Controversial: Cato was caught pilfering a meat pie and a pair of rubber gloves – while on a suspended custodial sentence for burglary. But he was still not sent to prison

Controversial: Cato was caught pilfering a meat pie and a pair of rubber gloves – while on a suspended custodial sentence for burglary. But he was still not sent to prison

Magistrates gave him 20 hours unpaid work for the breach and 20 hours unpaid work for the shoplifting charge.

No court costs were imposed after it was heard he still owed £3,000 in unpaid fines and compensation dating back to 2009.

Speaking to the Daily Express, Tory MP Philip Davies criticised the court’s decision.

‘These magistrates are fools to themselves and are making a fool of the British justice system.

‘What on earth is the point of giving someone a suspended sentence if it’s not invoked when they go on to commit another crime? It makes a mockery of the system.’

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Philip Davies is either a vicious hearted toff or wants to enrich the ‘Prison Supplier-Contractor Complex’. For 2.29, 20 hours of cleaning beaches (10 sterling per hour? x 20 = 200 sterling) is already 100 times too excessive. Philop Davies deserves only half an hour of cleaning time to pay back this particular theft . . . Even if imprisoned for 1 month, that could cost the taxpayers easily up to 2000-4000 sterling for the stint of which probably only 20% goes to lighting and food and water for this Philip Davis person! Unjustified! Anger as man responsible for HALF of all crime in one town is spared jail is out of context when you consider the quantum of offense and how much the jail term might cost the taxpayers. How do people feel about golden parachute bonus execs when the company and have been going down since the last decade or two? How many millions lost and no punishments? They fat cats would end up cleaning beaches for the 1000 years and might not be able to repay the taxpayer!

ARTICLE 8

Why single-sex education is spreading across the US

An estimated 500 public schools across the US now offer some all-boy and all-girl classrooms. But the American Civil Liberties Union is involved in a battle against single-sex learning.

By Heather Hollingsworth and Jessie L. Bonner, Associated Press / July 8, 2012

Middleton Heights Elementary Principal Robin Gilbert holds a baby chick while visiting an all-girls classroom of first- and second-graders at her school in Middleton, Idaho. Middleton is believed to be the only public school in Idaho offering all-boy and all-girl classrooms.

Middleton, Idaho

Robin Gilbert didn’t set out to confront gender stereotypes when she split up the boys and girls at her elementary school in rural southwestern Idaho.

But that’s exactly what happened, with her Middleton Heights Elementary now among dozens of public schools nationwide being targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union in a bitter struggle over whether single-sex learning should be continued. Under pressure, single-sex programs have been dropped at schools from Missouri to Louisiana.

“It doesn’t frustrate me,” Gilbert said of the criticism, “but it makes the work harder.”

While Gilbert’s school is believed to be the only one in Idaho offering single-sex classes, the movement is widespread in states like South Carolina, which has more than 100 schools that offer some form of a single-gender program.

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Single-sex classes began proliferating after the U.S. Education Department relaxed restrictions in 2006. With research showing boys, particularly minority boys, are graduating at lower rates than girls and faring worse on tests, plenty of schools were paying attention.

In 2002, only about a dozen schools were separating the sexes, according to the National Association for Single Sex Public Education, an advocacy group. Now, an estimated 500 public schools across the country offer some all-boy and all-girl classrooms.

Proponents argue the separation allows for a tailored instruction and cuts down on gender-driven distractions among boys and girls, such as flirting. But critics decry the movement as promoting harmful gender stereotypes and depriving kids of equal educational opportunities. The ACLU claims many schools offer the classes in a way that conflicts with the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, a federal law banning sex discrimination in education. Researchers also have weighed in.

Diane F. Halpern, a former president of the American Psychological Association, co-authored a review of studies last fall in the journal Science that found research doesn’t support the benefits of single-sex education. Additionally, there are lots of problems whenever you segregate people into groups, Halpern said.

“Stereotyping increases so we really do have lots of data that says it’s just not supported,” she said.

However, proponents have put out their own studies, showing the benefits of separating students. Middleton Heights Elementary cited the research when it first piloted single-sex classes in a few grades. The goal was to address the struggles boys were having in reading.

The idea proved so popular that single-sex classes have expanded throughout the school. Parents can opt out, a choice required by law, if they want their kids in a traditional coed classroom.

In the single-sex classes, teachers use microphones that allow them to electronically adjust the tone of their voice to match the level that research suggests is best for boys. When preparing for a test, the boys may go for a run, or engage in some other activity, while the girls are more likely to do calming exercises, such as yoga.

On a recent tour, Gilbert peeked into a classroom of third grade boys, who had decorated their walls with a camping theme, complete with construction paper campfires and a sign that read “fishing for books.”

Next door, the third-grade girls opted for an “under the sea” motif. When they spotted Gilbert in their classroom door way, a few of the girls jumped from their seats and ran to give her a quick embrace.

They learn the same curriculum, they still lunch and play at recess together, but the differences in their learning environments are apparent, from the blue chalkboards in the boy classrooms, to the red paper hearts that decorated the wall of one of the girl’s classrooms.

These environments are driven by student interests and what they’re learning at the time, Gilbert said.

Dr. Leonard Sax, the founder of the Pennsylvania-based National Association for Single Sex Public Education, contends the movement is about breaking down gender stereotypes, not promoting them.

“We want more girls engaged in robotics and computer programming and physics and engineering,” Sax said in a telephone interview. “We want more boys engaged in poetry and creative writing and Spanish language.”

For advocates like Sax, the increase in this form of learning is exciting, but it’s troubling for others.

The ACLU launched a national campaign, Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes, in May and sent cease-and-desist letters to school districts in Maine, West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia. The group also asked state officials to investigate single-sex programs in Florida, while sending public record requests to schools in another five states, including to Gilbert’s school in Idaho.

Doug Bonney is legal director of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, where he successfully challenged single sex classes in Missouri’s Adrian R-III School District. He argues there’s no proof single-sex classrooms work while there’s plenty of evidence they actually enhance gender stereotypes and lead to sexism.

“This isn’t the right step to address higher dropout rates by boys,” Bonney said. “They promote false stereotypes about sex-based differences that don’t exist. Promoting sex stereotypes can harm both girls and boys.”

Both sides agree the idea is not new and has a long history in private schools. But Galen Sherwin, staff attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, said its history in public schools is much darker and has roots in the South, where it was broadly instituted in an effort to evade the desegregation requirements of Brown v. Board of Education to try “to prevent black boys from being in the same room as white girls.”

“In the wake of Brown, many schools in the south integrated racially but segregated on the basis of sex,” Sherwin said.

Nancy Levit, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, addressed this issue at a meeting of the Association of American Law Schools: “Think about it, in terms of race,” she said. “What would people say if the state paid for an all-white school or an all-black school? As long as there was a racial element nobody would have a problem seeing a constitutional difficulty.”

The analogy drew a heated reaction from Sax, who argues that a federal judge in Kentucky debunked this notion when ruling last year against parents who tried to block single-sex classes at a Breckenridge County school. Critics like the ACLU are out of line when they draw parallels to Brown v. Board of Education, Sax said.

“Either they’re really stupid and not able to grasp what the judge is saying in the ruling, or they’re being deliberately misleading,” he said.

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Hollingsworth reported from Kansas City, Mo.

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Hegelian dialectic again! The job of government and the politicians (2 term limits!) is **not** to enforce preferences, the job of government is to ensure that ALL parties minority or majority get the appropriate funding for what ANY group wants, no matter how small or large (i.e. ‘Gandhi’s Minority of 1’ democratic concept). So there should be :

a) Single Gender Schools (Uniformed)
b) Single Gender Schools (Un-uniformed)

c) Mixed Gender Schools (Uniformed)
d) Mixed Gender Schools (Un-uniformed)

e) Ambiguous Gender Schools (Uniformed)
f) Ambiguous Gender Schools (Un-uniformed)
(Try Thailand’s enlightened/futuristic advanced mini-take on gender : http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-07-30/news/17904404_1_transsexual-bathroom-students)

;though specifically, real political leaders (2 term only) should eventually be only those able to deal with all disparate focus groups, or even were not from any such group. Single Gender schools should also have chances to associate with single gender schools of the opposite sex, AND also associate with mixed gender schools. Un-uniformed and/or Uniformed elite schools will need to also communicate with or without the other types (perhaps through extra-curricular club activities on weekends etc..), though choice to NOT associate (even by individuals) should also be given to any schools though this should be attached with a non-discriminatory ‘warning’ or marker about persons choosing to dissociate with any.

An introvert student group could be again formed out of a all ‘odd men out’ among all schools in the entire district or state region (i.e. unincorporated community and Census-Designated Places) that may again be relocated to a new ‘school’, possibly for ground breaking educational paradigm studies that would otherwise be lost if left incognito and unable to participate in the above mainstream groups. This way the best or the worst could be identified instead of the kicking out all who do not fit ‘one-size-fits-all-schools’ that become generally malcontent gangs that form out of drop-outs from simply being unable to fit in that the Prison-Supplier Complex profits off. Perhaps ‘one-size-fits-all-schools’ are designed to enrich the Prison-Supplier Complex, more collusion to be rooted out by whatever honest civil servants who deserve those Governors or MP’s seats instead of term limitless colluders . . .

ARTICLE 9

Taking part in a riot can be an ecstatic, spiritual experience, says senior Church of England bishop – by Steve Doughty – PUBLISHED: 23:31 GMT, 8 July 2012 | UPDATED: 06:51 GMT, 9 July 2012

The Right Reverend Peter Price said taking part in a riot could be a ‘spiritual experience’

A senior Church of England bishop declared yesterday that rioting could be ‘an ecstatic, spiritual experience’.

The Right Reverend Peter Price said rioters in last summer’s deadly disturbances found spiritual escape as they looted and burned.

He spoke out as the Church’s parliament, the General Synod, approved a report that blamed last August’s four days of disorder on Government spending cuts, inequality and ‘structural sin’ in the rest of society.

Dr Price, 68, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, said it was important to ‘sound a clear warning note about the social consequences of austerity measures which hit the most vulnerable hardest and leave the very rich unscathed. When the nation tightens its belt, inevitably the least resilient are those who suffer most.’

He continued: ‘I have no intention of being sentimental about the people, mainly young people, who took to the streets last August and destroyed property, ruined other people’s lives and walked off with looted trophies.

‘Riots embody appalling evil and criminality and those who get drawn in often display great wickedness.’

But he added: ‘Rioting can be, literally, an ecstatic, spiritual experience. Something is released in the participants which takes them out of themselves as a kind of spiritual escape.

‘The tragedy of our times is that, once again, we have a large population of young people who are desperate to escape from the constrained lives to which they seem to be condemned. Where hope has been killed off and with no prospect of escape, is it surprising that their energies erupt in anti-social and violent actions?

‘In a consumer society, is it surprising that lusting after high-status goods is seen as a way to find meaning?’
The riots caused five deaths and scarred cities. There was also widespread looting from shops of goods such as trainers, mobile phones and TVs

Buildings were burned during the riots in Tottenham last year. Dr Price said he prayed that there would be no outbreaks of disorder this year

Dr Price said he prayed that there would be no outbreaks of disorder this summer, but warned that ‘social tensions will not go away’.

The riots caused five deaths and scarred cities. They saw widespread looting from shops of goods such as trainers, mobile phones and televisions, and in some areas shops and homes were burned in arson attacks.

More than 3,000 people were arrested, while more than 1,000 were jailed for offences including burglary, violent disorder, and theft, receiving sentences that were far harsher than those typically handed down for those offences.

The Church report on the riots, which was produced by Dr Price with the CofE’s Mission and Public Affairs Council, was not criticised by any member of the Synod and they voted overwhelmingly to accept it. It raised the concept of ‘structural sin’, which is based on the idea that society at large is responsible  for wrongs that leave some oppressed or degraded.

The report said that clergy have been ‘working with the concept of structural sin which recognises how people on all sides of conflicts can face moral choices that are not between what is clearly right and clearly wrong but which are necessitated by circumstances in response to situations where much has gone wrong already’.
Climbdown on women bishops

The report added: ‘Christian beliefs about sin prevent them [churchgoers] from stereotyping others and from dividing the world between good and evil in ways which ignore the complexity of moral contexts.’ It cited Government spending cuts, inequality and family breakdown as causes of the trouble, which were beyond the control of the rioters and determined their behaviour.

The report angered Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley. ‘This is complete drivel,’ he said.

‘Public spending is higher now than it was in the last year of the Labour government. There were a lot of fairly well-off people involved in these riots, and the authors of this report appear to have ignored that too.

‘If the Church spent more time persuading people to take responsibility for their actions and less trying to make excuses, they would find themselves more popular than they are.’

s.doughty@dailymail.co.uk

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Glad to see this article. At times the COE (in fact too many religions with well fed clergy and laymen) looked like all the COE only knew and was enmired in material acquisition and material matters, this fetting of spirit (even that which animated physical bodies to destroy property) over property losses is a sign of spritual relevance of the people running COE at least. What IS physical matter or the physical person when the spiritual version is unwhole, torn apart by the vicious spiritual cannibals using wealth as a weapon?

And the riots were indeed a catharsis of sorts, sacrificing the physical for the spiritual. The commentators and naysayers among MPs for the most part have not reached the level of reflection by Dr. Price and COE here. Better than nothing, though truly nothing less than an Inquisition and Socialism applied in strength of the remainder of the Church specifically at this angle is the only thing that COE can do to remove plutocrats and ‘bankers’ along with all the corrupted greedy people in government. Run for election against any naysayer MPs, COE might yet be able to break the bonds of matter over the English and perhaps even get QEII to return everything stolen by her barbaric ancestors during the colonial era.

Incidentally, note Singapore’s COE and the NLP links. Ingrate trying to destroy ‘the West’ with NLPs? Bad backstabbing allies and corrupted minds abound in Singapore! Everytime someone BUYS a COE in Singapore, the English COE is diminished ‘plutocratically’??? Think deeper all you fundo-farts, and Celtism or Druidism is the REAL faith of the Isles before the outcast among Germans (blue eyed, blonde haired) butchered their way into the (green eyed red haired) native peoples of the Isles, Welsh, Scotts and Irish (all sovereign peoples who did not speak a word of ‘English’ or worship ‘Christ’) . . . then try NAZA Malaysia and NASA USA . . . Malaysia truly hateful?

What utter ‘Drivel!’ …Just goes to show what sort of people hold these positions in society these days.

– D-MAC, Brisbane Australia, 09/7/2012 09:27
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I’m sure the Bishop won’t mind if next time they loot and burn the churches as a sign of their spirituality.

– Jack, London, 09/7/2012 09:19
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I wouldn’t be surprised to see him rioting next time.

– Steven, Surrey, 09/7/2012 09:10
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The Right Reverend Peter Price !..The right Reverend Peter Pillock!!!

– Jim , Leyland, 09/7/2012 09:04
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I daresay that defrocking is also an ecstatic, spiritual experience.

– Alan, Devon UK, 09/7/2012 09:03
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So stop complaining when the lead gets stripped from church roofs, it’s just somebody having an ecstatic experience.

– DG, Manchester, 09/7/2012 09:01
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Bring on the women Bishops. We might get some sense out of them.

– james, wetbridge, 09/7/2012 09:00
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Another misfit finds solace in a dog collar. There is no hope for the eccentric Church of England 🙂

– james, wetbridge, 09/7/2012 08:56
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Is it not time that senior clerics undertook an annual check-up to assess their mental fitness ?

– SeaBee, London, UK, 09/7/2012 08:55
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The C of E can longer be described as The Conservative Party at prayer………..What about then as—— “Lucifer’s walking parody of stupidity and blind evilness?

– Tony Hemphill, bristol UK, 09/7/2012 08:53

ARTICLE 10

We’re powerless to get truth about bankers, says key MP

Diamond faces recall to Parliament – but Select Committee member says inquiry isn’t working – Andy McSmith Author Biography , Oliver Wright – Monday 09 July 2012

Politicians have been virtually “useless” so far at getting to the truth behind the banking scandal, one of the MPs responsible for investigating the affair has admitted.

Andrea Leadsom, whose forensic questioning of the former chief executive of Barclays, Bob Diamond, led to his only uncomfortable moments during last week’s cross-examination by the Commons Treasury Select Committee, said: “I don’t think we felt we did a fantastic job. It’s a fair criticism to say, ‘You guys were useless’.

“We had great weaknesses in that we didn’t have email trails. We didn’t have recordings of the morning meetings where you could point to what had been said. All we really had were the regulators’ reports, what we’d seen in the media.”

Her frank remarks, in an interview with The Independent, will raise doubts about whether the larger parliamentary inquiry being set up to investigate the banking scandal will be able to uncover the whole truth. David Cameron has rejected Labour’s calls for a judge-led inquiry, arguing that it would take too long. Several of the MPs who questioned Mr Diamond last week are now considering calling him back for a second bout because they are dissatisfied with his answers.

Paul Tucker, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, will be questioned by the same committee today about the now-infamous telephone call he had with Mr Diamond at the height of the banking crisis in 2008. Any clash between his evidence and Mr Diamond’s will add to the pressure for the former Barclays head to be recalled.

One of the committee members, Pat McFadden, who was a business minister under Labour, said: “I can see that happening [Mr Diamond being recalled] after we have talked to other witnesses. There were some inconsistencies in what he told us. We’ll ask Tucker if his version of the phone call tallies with Bob Diamond’s.”

Ms Leadsom complained that she found parts of Mr Diamond’s evidence “simply unbelievable”, while John Mann, another Labour member of the committee, said that he “may not have been entirely honest in his answers”.

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, will today promise to introduce major reforms of the banking industry in an attempt to improve competition and change its culture.

Tomorrow the Treasury Select Committee will ask the outgoing Barclays chairman, Marcus Agius, about the state of mind of executives who thought it was acceptable to rig interest rates. He can also expect to come under pressure not to allow Mr Diamond his full pay-off, reputed to be £17m. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, told the BBC yesterday that the public would regard it as an “outrage”.

The shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, added: “It’s outrageous that somebody should stand aside because the board decides that there’s a problem and then get a payout which is sort of off the scale for anything normal people will earn in their lifetimes. How can that be?”

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Sit down with the Judiciary and draft a new law specifically targetting what has occured here! Stupid or pretending to be helpless? Vote these MPs out for new MPs who will do the necessary – Draft NEW LAWS. Obviously criminal actions that harmed the nation and citizens occurred. Write and amend laws! Helpless? Foolish or pretentious, collusive more like.

ARTICLE 11

1,000 innocent victims of Big Brother Britain: Families were spied on wrongly because of blunders by officials – by James Slack – PUBLISHED: 00:48 GMT, 14 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:12 GMT, 14 July 2012

Eyes everywhere: David Cameron has called for greater accuracy when ‘spying’ on supposed suspects

Almost 1,000 entirely innocent people were wrongly spied upon using anti-terror powers last year following blunders by officials, it emerged last night.

In two shocking cases, two members of the public were arrested and accused of being serious criminals.

Details of phone calls and texts by genuine crime suspects had wrongly been attributed to the pair in a terrible mix-up between police and an internet company.

Sir Paul Kennedy, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, said the mistakes had ‘significant consequence’ for the victims.

The internet provider involved was slow to report the errors and initially gave unsatisfactory explanations as to how they occurred or what was being done to stop it happening again, Sir Paul said.

He also revealed details of a council going beyond its legal powers to use snooping laws to spy on a family suspected of cheating school catchment area rules.

The council obtained details of phone calls and texts to seek to establish if the family lived where it said, the first known case of a town hall spying on a person’s phone records over school catchment areas.

The unnamed council was not acting within the rules, which say officials must be seeking evidence for use in a criminal prosecution. Instead, the council wanted only to withdraw a school place offered to a child in the family.

Anger of primary school parents banned from photographing their own children appearing in play because of just ONE complaint

The hundreds of errors made by police, town halls and the security services will raise fresh doubts about the Government’s plan for a new ‘snoopers’ charter’.

Currently, public bodies have access to details of when and where phone calls, texts and emails were sent and, in some cases, to whom. But under proposals before Parliament, this will be extended to a person’s every internet click and the details of phone calls made on Skype.

They’re watching you: How the Mail reported the government’s spying

The details will be supplied by internet firms – which were responsible for around a fifth of the mistakes made last year. Most commonly, the wrong digit was attached to a phone number or internet address by police, spies or the internet firm. This leads to data on the wrong person being investigated. It is destroyed once the mistake has been identified.

Last year, there were 895 cases where communications data – details of texts, emails and phone calls – was obtained in error.

There were also 42 errors by the security services – MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – relating to undercover operations, and 42 blunders by police and other law enforcement bodies asking for warrants to intercept the details of phone calls or other data.

David Cameron said he was concerned by the errors made by organisations using the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

It was passed by Labour ostensibly to fight terrorism, but was then extended to cover a string of other public bodies, including town halls. Councils have been accused of using the powers to spy on those accused of putting their bins out on the wrong day or allowing their dog to foul the pavement.

The number of applications to obtain communications data was 494,078, which was down by 11 per cent but is still 1,350 every day.

Of these, 2,130 were made by town halls. This was up from 1,809 in 2010, despite repeated promises from ministers to curtail the use of surveillance by the so-called ‘Town Hall Stasi’.

The Home Office said: ‘Surveillance powers are a vital tool for police and security services, enabling them to catch criminals, prevent terrorist attacks and protect children. But they must be used proportionately – that is why we have blocked local authorities for accessing data for trivial purposes.’

Campaign group Liberty said the scale of surveillance revealed was ‘alarming’ and called on the Government to ‘think again about turning us into a nation of suspects rather than citizens’.

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards. The comments below have not been moderated.

DM website comment blockers are well into the Big Brother game. POT/KETTLE/BL@ACK

– Ronnie, liverpool, ENGLAND (NOT UK or EU), 14/7/2012 23:13
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Every time you leave home you should THROW ROCKS AT THE TYRANNY CAMERAS

– Lord Vader, Death Star, 14/7/2012 21:17
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What is the fuss about? The first duty of Government is to ensure the nation is secure and crime reduced. These powers inadequate as they are should be used to achieve that aim. If after investigation people are shown to be innocent fine, but the real question is what were they doing that brought themselves to the attention of the authorities and security forces in the first place. – pieter van der byl, rhodesia nottinghamshire, 14/7/2012 18:03 ______________________________________________________________________ The first duty of government is to protect the powerless against the powerful.

– I might be right, but then I might not, 14/7/2012 20:36
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What is the fuss about? The first duty of Government is to ensure the nation is secure and crime reduced. These powers inadequate as they are should be used to achieve that aim. If after investigation people are shown to be innocent fine, but the real question is what were they doing that brought themselves to the attention of the authorities and security forces in the first place. If you behave and dont break thelaw then you will have nothing to fear. If however you misbegave or act in a way that brings suspicion upon you then dont be surprised if you are investigated. We need people to be vigilent as the public spirited person who reported the mystery goings on aboard the coach on the M6. They did the right thing as did the Police. Behave and you have nothing to fear.

– pieter van der byl, rhodesia nottinghamshire, 14/7/2012 18:03
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They will still do it, it is not a blunder we will always be watched. NWO.

– ron weezy, englandddddd, 14/7/2012 17:59
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This is big brother, will Mr & Mrs innocent please come to the diary room.!!

– John H, Manchester, Lancashire, 14/7/2012 17:35
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This seems to conflict with an earlier article and has me confused…. From what I understand, councils allow unvetted jobsworths to spy on, photograph, video, and phone tap my family and I. But the same councils say I am not allowed to openly photograph my granddaughter taking part in her school play???

– Charlie, Portsmouth, 14/7/2012 17:34
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Here’s an idea, get rid of CCTV and get rid of those Community Beat Officers. After getting rid of those two, get proper and civilised Police Officers back on the beat in our local communities!

– NUFCDave, Tyneside, 14/7/2012 17:20
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Cant anybody get anything right in this Country anymore.

– wind, in the willows, 14/7/2012 11:59
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I can’t believe that the clever terrorists haven’t got email accounts in fake names and addresses and then use internet cafes or public libraries when they use them. How will all this intception help then?

– mike, london, 14/7/2012 11:52

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Compensation should be directly out of the pockets of the officials NOT taxpayer funds. Public apologies by officials on television and media funded by their own funds as well. Any loss of income at reasonable amount should be compensated. But NOT millions. Emotional anguish should be returned in similar form, the mechanism for repeating misery inflicted over an equitable period by whatever state apparatus available. This is not a place where a false flag crony pretends to be aggrived then receives payout from court at taxpayer’s expense.

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A Sapphire Hard Disk Can Last One Million Years – Posted on July 14, 2012 by Soren Dreier

A sapphire hard disk can last one million years and resolve a problem worrying archaeologists. Thursday, Patrick Charton of the French nuclear waste management agency ANDRA, presented a way out of data storage problems, an information-engraved sapphire disk using platinum.

The disk is being called the ultimate, if not ultimately unaffordable, HDD. The disk was announced at this week’s Euroscience Open Forum, a pan-European event drawing researchers, as a way to provide information for future archaeologists.

The solution is in the form of two thin disks of industrial sapphire, molecularly fused, with a thin layer of inscribed platinum. The disks were immersed in acid to test their durability and to simulate aging.

With the sapphire disk, up to 40,000 miniaturized pages of text or images etched can be inscribed in the platinum. The information would be read with microscope.

A key application would be as a solution for how future societies will be able to identify areas of buried nuclear waste. Nuclear reactors produce radioactive waste that needs to be safely stored for up to one million years.

Once a disposal method is determined, future societies will need to know where the waste is buried. According to Science magazine. Finland, France, and Sweden are the furthest advanced in the process of finding a geologically suitable site. While designers of such repositories are confident the waste can be buried safely, the fear is that future archaeologists may dig in t he wrong places. Markers would be a way to allow them to know the sites where they should not dig.

With a sapphire disk, the warning message could be encoded into varied forms of written human communication, including words, pictograms, and diagrams, and in turn linguists and artists are involved in the project. The researchers say thus far they have no idea what language to use.

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. . . The disk is being called the ultimate, if not ultimately unaffordable, . . .

Unaffordable? Rubbish. Almost all mid tier brands of watches use artificially lab grown ‘sapphire’ for the dial panels. 1 full ounce of platinum costs no more than USD$2000, and only 2-3 grams are likely needed for such a disk
, making that less than USD$200 (if nano-scale, perhaps less than 0.1 gram meaning USD$20 or less). Why the lies? Or could Soren be misinformed about prices of things?

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Teenager dies after shooting himself in the head playing Russian Roulette – by Paul Thompson – PUBLISHED: 15:15 GMT, 1 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:29 GMT, 1 July 2012

Fatal: Thorin Montgomery,17, was the first to hold a loaded .38 caliber handgun to his head and pull the trigger

A teenager has died after shooting himself in the head during a game of ‘Russian Roulette’ with three friends.

Thorin Montgomery, 17, was the first to hold a loaded .38 caliber handgun to his head and pull the trigger.

The teenager collapsed in front of his horrified friends who called paramedics.

Montgomery was airlifted to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Russian Roulette is a lethal game of chance in which a player places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against his or her head and pulls the trigger.

The game originated in Russia and featured in the one of the most famous scenes in cinema history in the film The Deer Hunter with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

It is estimated that up to ten people a year die from playing the risky game.

Police in Largo, Florida, said Montgomery was with three friends, aged 19,18 and 16, on Friday night when they decided to play the deadly shooting game.

The teens were sitting on the back porch of Montgomery’s home when the fatal shot was fired.

A neighbour, who doesn’t want to be identified, told 10 News he saw an ambulance arrive at the house and then neighbors started running towards there as well.

Scene: Thorin Montgomery and three teenage friends were on the back porch of his house along 111th Way North in Largo

He described the scene as ‘crazy’ and said he was surprised to hear the teens were playing such a dangerous game.

‘I’m shocked to find out they’re stupid enough to play that game,’ said the neighbor.

‘Kids nowadays, with them playing with guns the way they do, there’s no reason for that.’

A spokesman for Pinellas County Police said the investigation was continuing and they were focusing on how the teens obtained the gun.

Investigation: As police probed the scene neighbours spoke of their shock at what happened

wtsp.com: Largo teen dies after game of Russian Roulette | wtsp.com

Why would you do something do stupid , the poor family which is left behind will be devastated

– lizg, Bracknell, 01/7/2012 20:24
Rating   108

interesting that “Russian Roulette” is not really Russian – it originates from some outcasts in US wild west in 19 century, but because it was assumed that Russians were weird it got its russian name, the same about “Russian Hills” attraction which originated from Switchback Railway at Coney Island in USA and was the first roller coaster designed as an amusement ride.It was designed by LaMarcus Adna Thompson in 1881 and constructed in 1884 and also had nothing to do with Russia.

– Ron, St.Petersburg, Russia, 01/7/2012 20:21
Rating   4

I just think…what a waste.

– I would do anything for love, But I won’t do THAT, 01/7/2012 20:17
Rating   28

Doh !

– Neil., Spain., 01/7/2012 20:14
Rating   38

A schoolmate of mine died from this game when I was in middle school. I didn’t understand why anyone would want to play it then and 40 years later I don’t understand why people play it now. My heart felt condolences to the boy’s loved ones.

– the donna, USA, 01/7/2012 20:09
Rating   81

Why?

– Sweezy, USA, 01/7/2012 19:56
Rating   52

A six shooter. Playing with 3 friends. I don’t like those odds. Hardly surprising.

– Sean Boon, Hampshire, 01/7/2012 19:43
Rating   61

To be frank it was an absolutely crazy & dangerous game to play…you take the risk & unfortunately you pay the consequenses.

– Bill, London, 01/7/2012 19:42
Rating   79

I feel sorry for the family but really how STUPID can you be ??

– Monique, United Kingdom, 01/7/2012 19:39
Rating   102

But that’s Russian roulette. Tragic he died but what did they think would happen?

– Nick, Lincoln, 01/7/2012 19:36

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To guarantee 100% survival rates, try putting the gun against the EAR, or for more pain to the cheek with jaw open to result in flesh wound. If lucky, and with the right ammo, the bullet can be spat out . . .  (closed for even MORE PAIN maybe broken teeth, and at very most for non fatal results at extreme angle not directed at the center of the head (will fracture skull at worst, richochet off skull at best leaving a flesh wound though potentially with messy scars).

Continue placing flat against the skull for fatal and original version called Russian Roulette. Of course the other variants suggested above should not be called Russian Roulette but something less fatal. Which countries take the honour where people do not die from playing this sort of game. Gaza Roulette? (people do get injured in Gaza but have as much chance escaping with just some injuries that can heal . . . )

Article 14

Madonna puts gun to her head in on-stage stunt

Madonna pointed a gun at her head during a Tuesday performance in London’s Hyde Park as part of her MDNA act. – by Natalie Finn, E! Online

The Material Girl keeps pulling out the props on stage. While Rome caught an eyeful of her backside, and Paris was treated to a nipple the other night, Madonna and her dancers flashed big shiny guns on stage in London’s Hyde Park, during Monday’s stop on her increasingly controversial MDNA tour.

And when we say guns we don’t mean their arms.

MORE: Madonna just as hot, attention-seeking as ever in “Turn Up the Radio” video

Obviously the uproar over Lindsay Lohan’s recent girl-next-door-with-gun photo shoot wasn’t foremost on Madonna’s mind when she pressed her revolver to her temple.

Sigh…

Packing presumably unloaded heat is nothing new for the pop icon, who brandished an AK-47 assault rifle during a show in Tel Aviv in May and brought out the smaller gun for effect while performing “Gang Bang.” (Ironically, she brought out the rifle during “Revolver.”)

But, what do you know, making gestures suggestive of self-harm aren’t really in favor these days.

After Lohan’s second photo shoot this year featuring her and a gun (but the first in which she pointed it toward her open mouth), the national suicide hotline Hopeline told E! News, “When a celebrity uses suicide and specifically the means to do it as a joke, it is grossly irresponsible and is a disgrace. It also must be met with an immediate rebuke from the mental-health community. This is no joking matter. Lives are at stake.”

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I’d say they supported and were reminding USA about the 2nd Amendment, if not averting bad karma from the insane ‘anti-fans’ with half a mind to kill them.

Article 15

UPDATE: Suspect agrees to serve 6 years for stabbing – 11:04 AM, Jul. 18, 2012  |  – by Pacific Daily News

A 24-year-old suspect who is accused of stabbing a teenager with a butcher knife about a year ago has agreed to serve six years in prison.

Ninton Hauk has signed a plea offer — agreeing to plead guilty to third-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — said defense attorney Jeff Moots.

If the plea is accepted by a judge, Hauk would serve one year in prison for the assault charge and five years for a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon. The suspect would be given credit for the year he has already spent behind bars.

Superior Court of Guam Judge Judge Vernon Perez has set a hearing to accept the plea on July 31. Hauk was originally scheduled to go to trial next week, but the plea deal has made that trial unnecessary.

Hauk and his brother, a 15-year-old boy, were arrested last July after two teenagers were found stabbed in Dededo last March. Both suspects were originally charged with attempted murder.

Ninton Hauk allegedly wounded a boy across the face with a butcher knife, and when another male minor tried to intervene, the 15-year-old suspect allegedly stabbed him in the back, according to court documents.

The 15-year-old suspect was originally charged as an adult, but it there is no longer a public record of his case in Superior Court, which mean the case has most likely moved to juvenile court, which is held behind closed doors.

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Unless Ninton is unwilling to be on probation with perhaps a 3 times? daily reporting to police with night curfew AND disallowed from drinking (people get drunk and violent due to lack of impulse control), how about the below with daily reporting to probation officers :

1) Allow the victimised teen, a relative, or a state ‘Punishment Officer’ to stab back as deeply.
2) Make the victim help (ONLY if apologetic) alternate teenagers (not the same attacker’s victims) at a level and time requitred to heal equitable, or to the level of medical bills required based on minimum wage.
3) Or 3 times the amount of time as above (thats for being such an insensitive beast but the state does not need to punich excessively either), doing menial or clean up work in a different state for no wage

No jail terms (enriches prison contractor-suplier complex) or fines (enriches state, allows the rich to effectively have impunity) involved. Overall, most menial or clean up work (perhaps the worst criminals who still do not go totally insane being in public be assigned to sewer cleaning duties) would be done by chain gangs or probation types. The state can save on BOTH running of prisons as well as have a ready source of labour. In all cases in public, probation workers should be allowed to wear masks to allow them to re-integrate into society without being unduly shamed UNLESS their crime was a crime related to shaming – just to be equitable and ‘eye for eye’, ‘tooth for tooth’. General gradation of punishment work, with period of time being punished deteremined by damage caused :

Serving Positions in State Cafeterias etc.    DUI Type offences / Temporary Insanity cases that happened to cause no damage – luck was on BOTH parties’s sides
Gardening                Repeat DUI Type offences / Premeditated cases that happened to cause no damage – luck was on BOTH parties’s sides
Cleaning of Surfaces other than Ground    Minor Crime/Temporary Insanity cases causing light injuries
Sweeping                Major Crime/Temporary Insanity cases causing moderate few month to recover injuries
Canal Cleaning            Non-Violent Society Destroying Crime (Bankers/Nation Destroying Policy Writers i.e. Crony Capitalism) / Temporary Insanity cases causing serious few years to recover injuries / Premeditated cases causing moderate few month to recover injuries
Sewage Cleaning            Violent Society Destroying Crime (Bomb Terrorists / Cultists releasing Sarin Gas / ) Premeditated cases causing permanent injuries or Manslaughter death

Intent is one thing. Actual harm is another.

Article 16

NFL Star Elvis Dumervil – Untucked & Cuffed – 7/17/2012 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a photo of Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil … taken WHILE he was being arrested for allegedly flashing a gun at another motorist during a road rage incident in Miami.

The photo is interesting because it shows the front of Dumervil’s shirt untucked and hanging over his shorts … relevant because the alleged victim had told police Elvis and another man both approached her car and lifted their shirts to show they had guns tucked into their waistbands.

According to the police report, Dumervil had been driving a Land Rover on Saturday … and following his friend who was driving a Mercedes … when a woman in an Impala merged between the two cars … upsetting both Dumervil and his friend.

The men allegedly got out of their cars … approached the Impala and threatened the female driver while flashing their guns.

Dumervil — a two-time Pro Bowl D end — told police he didn’t have a firearm … but cops say they recovered a weapon in the glove compartment of the Land Rover.

28-year-old Dumervil was ultimately booked on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A rep for Elvis had no comment on the story.

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They did not shoot, so aggravated assault with a deadly weapon can’t count, though criminal intimidation charges could stick. Actually they do have a right to flash weapons, but if the victim stands ground, even the charges of criminal intimidation would fail. In this case the motorist was sufficiently frightened (make sure this is not vexatious reporting of a non-case – IF the motorist  was not frightened but intentionally made a report).

In the second scenario,  Elvis could actually sue the police department AND the motorist for loss of reputation due to being detained in public in this manner. In the event the motorist was truly frightened, then criminal intimidation charges could stick though I do not recommend jail terms or even a fine but perhaps a private apology at most (no need for public apology as the embarrassment already means that Elvis has already paid for making themotorist fear for life). This is not a court case worthy police report. Any senior officer could think the above through and remind Elvis to be less reliant on flashing guns tin lieu of talking (which are mainly for defence if attacked) and tell the motorist to get a grip and report the damage and claims rather than report for being frightened. Just like the ombudsman style sheriffs in the old westerns. See? Not a cent of taxpayer money spent!

Article 17

Hard Rock Calling 2012: England a ‘police state’, says Bruce Springsteen guitarist – Steven Van Zandt, a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, has accused England of becoming “police state” after “The Boss” and Sir Paul McCartney were silenced for breaching a council curfew at Hard Rock Calling. – by Andrew Hough – 10:30AM BST 15 Jul 2012

Van Zandt, 61, who has also stared in cult US drama series The Sopranos, aired his frustration at the gig’s premature ending at the concert in Hyde Park, central London on Saturday night.

Organisers said it was “unfortunate” that the performance was stopped at the end but insisted the curfew was put in place for to help protect “public health and safety”.

Sir Paul McCartney with Bruce Springsteen on stage at the Hard Rock Calling festival, Hyde Park, London (Giovanni Canitano/Rex Features)

The decision, however, sparked outrage amongst fans while Van Zandt took to Twitter to accuse England of becoming a “police state”.

Sir Paul had joined Springsteen, 62, and his E Street band on stage at the Hard Rock Calling music festival following a performance by the American rock star that had lasted more than three hours.

The US singer greeted the former Beatle, 70, by saying “I’ve been waiting for this for 50 years”.

Sir Paul McCartney joind Bruce Springsteen on stage to perform The Beatles’ Twist and Shout and I Saw Her Standing There (Giovanni Canitano/Rex Features)

Springsteen, known for his long performances, had exceeded the curfew by half an hour.

After belting out hits such as Born In The USA and Because The Night, he welcomed Sir Paul to the stage to sing Beatles hits I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout.

But after singing two Beatles hits both performers were forced to leave the stage in silence after their sound equipment was turned off – meaning they were unable to thank the audience.

Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt on stage during the Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London (Getty Images)

The band had stood for some minutes, bemused and bowing, before speaking their thanks into switched-off microphones to growing jeers.

In a series of angry tweets from @StevieVanZandt, Springsteen’s guitarist said: “One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?

“We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to ‘punish us’ by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes.

“Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?”

He added: “The cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of f****** with 80,000 people having a good time?

“English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!

“I’m sorry but I have to be honest I’m p*****. Like I said, it didn’t ruin the great night. But when I’m jamming with McCartney don’t bug me!”

He continued: “If it’s a public transport issue I’m sorry but people are adult enough to go get a train if they need to without the cops pulling the plug!”

“Ha! @raindogs70 just reminded me how the Beatles’ rooftop concert ended. Not much has changed in 43 years!”

He was referring to the afternoon of January 30, 1969 when The Beatles surprised a central London office lunch crowd with an impromptu concert on the roof of their Savile Row Apple headquarters.

But the outing was abruptly cut short by police who objected to the noise.

Several hours later on Sunday he posted further messages on Twitter in support of the event:

“Very proud of our association with Hard Rock Calling and Hard Rock in general and what they’re doing for Rock music.

“Hard Rock would have let us play all night.”

“There’s no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. Hard Rock is cool. Live Nation is cool. It’s some City Council stupid rule.”

Springsteen had earlier invited Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello on stage to perform two songs, and singer John Fogerty had joined him for one.

Bruce Springsteen performs onstage at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London’s Hyde Park (AP)

Boris Johnson also waded into the row, saying the musicians should have been allowed to continue their set.

“It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision,” he told LBC Radio in London.

“You won’t get that during the Olympics.

“If they’d have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord.”

Audience members and fans reacted angrily to the concert’s abrupt end.

Stephen Merchant, the comedian, wrote on the micro-blogging website: “Ashamed to be British right now. Springsteen and McCartney playing Twist & Shout in Hyde Park and council pulled the plug cos of curfew.”

Simon Pegg, the comedian and actor, added: “Can’t believe they pulled the plug on Springsteen and Macca last night in Hyde Park. What joyless, bitter killjoy made that decision? ?#shame.”

While Springsteen did not write about the curfew row himself on his official Twitter page, he “retweeted” several posts about it including from Van Zandt. In one tweet he described the concert as “epic”.

“Sir @PaulMcCartney joined Bruce and the E Street Band on stage last night at London’s @hardrockcalling. ?#EPIC”, before posting a picture of themselves on stage.

Last week fans took to Hard Rock Calling’s official Facebook page to urge the singer, known as ‘The Boss’, to defy the restrictions.

One, Thomas Messenger, said: “Only 3:15 for Bruce? Looks like it’s curfew-breaking Boss time”

A spokesman for Live Nation, which organisers the event, said: “Last night everyone had a fantastic time, in the excellent weather conditions, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band giving 65,000 people an incredible performance of 29 songs with special guests John Fogerty, Tom Morello & Paul McCartney joining him onstage.

“It was unfortunate that the three hour plus performance by Bruce Springsteen was stopped right at the very end but the curfew is laid down by the authorities in the interest of the public health and safety.

“Road closures around Hyde Park are put in place at specific times to make sure everyone can exit the area safely.”

Leith Penny, Westminster Council’s strategic director for city management, also defended the decision.

He said: “Concert organisers, not the council, ended last night’s concert in Hyde Park to comply with their licence, which allows them to run the concert until 10.30pm.

“Licences are granted until certain times to protect residents in the area from noise late at night.”

On Sunday singer Paul Simon closes out the three-day event.

The number of concerts which can take place in Hyde Park will be reduced from 13 to nine from next year following complaints about noise.

The crowd limit will also fall from 80,000 to 65,000, and in some cases 50,000 from 2013 after the decision by Westminster Council’s licensing sub-committee last February.

The number of concerts to be held came into question after residents in well-to-do Knightsbridge and Belgravia complained about noise.

There were 109 complaints from residents in 2011, around twice as many as in 2010.

Boris Johnson waded into the row this morning, saying the musicians should have been allowed to continue their set.

Speaking to Kay Burley on LBC radio, he said: “It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision.

“You won’t get that during the Olympics.

“If they’d have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!”

Spokesmen for Springsteen and Sir Paul were unavailable for comment.

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Pretend situation inspired by moi. BS (bullshit) and PC (politically correct) are working to make the ‘saviours’ look good. Watch our for the plutocrat, GLC linked or poorer relatives of the establishment suddenly make a meteoric rise to politics. After a GENERATION or 2, Orwell hitts back harder than ever. Know how to vote now 99% voters? Capish? No plutocrats, no nepotists, no term limitless oligarchs.

Article 18

French demand Crown Jewels from the Queen to compensate for 1499 murder of Edward Plantagenet – by Peter Allen – PUBLISHED: 12:10 GMT, 15 July 2012 | UPDATED: 13:02 GMT, 15 July 2012

A French city which produced 14 English kings is demanding the Crown Jewels as compensation from the Queen for the murder of its last pretender to the throne.

Angers, which is in the Loire Valley west of Paris, was once the capital of the Anjou province and the House of Plantagenet.

It ruled England from 1154 until 1485, providing some of the greatest monarchs in British history, including Richard the Lionheart and Henry V.

The French city of Angers, France, have said they want to be compensated for the ‘murder’ of Edward Plantagenet

They have claimed that the Crown Jewels would be a sufficient payment for the death of the Earl of Warwick

But when Edward Plantagenet, the Earl of Warwick, was murdered in the Tower of London in 1499 the house’s legitimate male line came to an end.

‘As redress for the execution of Edward, Angers today demands that the Crown Jewels of England be transferred to Angers,’ reads a petition posted on the city’s official website.

Recalling 25-year-old Edward’s ‘unfair and horrible death’ at the hands of henchmen working for Henry VII, England’s first Tudor king, the city believes it is owed an apology – and 513 years’ worth of compensation.

This would amount to billions in today’s currency, but Angers is prepared to accept the coronation jewels to cover it all.

The Queen will receive a petition from the town in September during a celebration of Angers’ history

The petition, which has already been signed by hundreds of so-called Angevins, as well as sympathisers around France and other parts of the world, is directed at the Queen.

It describes a ‘state crime’ against a noble line which played a huge role in making Britain great, and wants the jewels to be put on public display at the Saint Aubin tower in Angers.

The Queen, who speaks good French, will be sent the official petition at the beginning of September, during the Accroche-Cœurs, an annual cultural festival in Angers in which street artists conjour up the city’s rich history.

The fabled Plantagenet name was made popularly famous by William Shakespeare, but many remain unaware that many of those who ruled in its name were more French than English.

Richard I, the iconic Lionheart who led the Third Crusade, was born near Oxford but barely spoke a word of English.

Instead, he spent much of his life on his Aquitaine estates in south west France, where he died in 1199.

Part of Richard’s remains are in Fontevraud Abbey, near Angers, while particles of his heart are in Rouen Cathedral, in Brittany.

Henry V, the hero of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, spent the latter part of his life trying to reunite his country’s throne with France’s before his death in the Château de Vincennes, in the Paris suburbs, in 1422.

The current Crown Jewels, which are considered priceless, only date back to the coronation of Charles II – long after the Edward, the Plantagenet pretender, was killed.

Originals coronation jewels which date back further were melted down by Oliver Cromwell following the execution of Charles I in 1649.

A spokesman for Angers council admitted that the petition had ‘little chance of success’ but said the ‘crime’ against the Angevin monarchs was worth highlighting.

He encouraged British people to visit Angers, which has medieval buildings including a magnificent castle which recall the glory days of the Plantagenets.

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I believe that the French do know that some of the jewels were also taken away in violence from India, China Africa, Persia, Arabia and Scotland and cannot fairly be part of the compensation though France could on behalf of the listed countries return the same colonized or violently obtained treasures. Would do the EU proud to acknowledge and return the jewels to the rightful owners.